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44 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, November 27 - December 3, 1998 SCHOC,IL & EDUCATION Cape High students refurbish Rehoboth giwaifls creche Above, students in Art II, who study with Connie Miller, bring out the works- in-progress that they are readying for the annual Nativity scene. A half-paint- ed hymnal, lots of lambs and Mary on a donkey are includ- ed in the refurbishing paint job that the students volun- teered to do for the Kiwanis Club's display. At right, readying the ram for the Kiwanis Nativity scene displayed at the Band- stand, Laura Lockerman, left, and Laura Vander Plasse start to add detail to the woolly coat. Below, Arshar Smith, left, and Jennifer Fort give a new look to last year's camel. Cape Henlopen High School students in Art II are touch- ing up the figures in the Nativity scene soon to be erected at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. The Nativity scene will be in place for the annual tree lighting ceremony set for 7 p.m. tonight, Friday, Nov. 27, at the Bandstand. Del Tech provides free adult-education classes American Education Week was Nov. 15-21, and this year's theme was "Teaching Children to Think and Dream." But what about adults? There are plenty of adults who never completed high school - whose dreams were sidelined for one reason or another. Now they find that the lack of a high school diploma means narrower hori- zons, fewer job options and lower pay. Earning a General Educational Development (GED) certificate canbe the key to renewing their dreams,aitd the Adult Basic Edn- cation/GED program at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens campus, has provided that key for thousands of people over the past 20 years. Free Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes are offered during morning and evening hours each semester to help students prepare for the GED test. ABE classes allow students to move at their own pace, taking advantage of instructional support and guidance as needed. During the 1997-98 school year, more than 220 people registered for full-time ABE classes; 80 of them passed the tests to earn a GED certificate. Another 62 earned a Certificate of Educational Attain- ment Level 1 or 2, which shows their mastery of skills to the fifth- or eighth-grade level. Most students, according to the "GED 1996 Statistical Report," want to get a GED certificate so they can pursue a college educa- tion or enter a vocational training course. Others use the GED cer- tificate to help them get, keep or advance in a job. GET) graduates earn about $2,000 more per year than those who do not finish high school, and they get promotions and raises at a faster rate after receiving the certificate. Some students, however, use the GED program to help more than just themselves. A significant number want to be able to read more to their children, be more involved in their children's schooling, and help their children understand the value of an educa- tion. When looked at from that perspective, the GED program really does tie in with the "Teach- ing Children to Think and Dream" theme of American Education Week. For more information about the Adult Basic Educa tion/GED program at the Owens campus, call Malorie Derby at 856-5400, Ext. 5546. READ-ALOUD luncheon recognizes volunteers READ-ALOUD Delaware honored its Sussex County volunteers at a luncheon held Nov. 12 at the Sussex Pines Country Club. The Dorothy Traynor Award is presented each year to the group whose members contributed the most to READ-ALOUD. This year's recipient was Adult Plus+ of Delaware Technical & Community Col- lege, whose members Loya Pelligrino, Adelaide Auwerda, Sally Druck- enmiller, Esther Friend, Marilyn Furman, Marie Martin, Bea Moore, Mary Walzansky and Anita Wright read one-on-one to 541 children, for 2 1/2 hours. The Jean Lewis Award, bestowed annually on the people who have made valuable contributions, was presented to Betty Carna- han of Lewes and Herbert Sanford of Bridgeville. Nicholas and Alexan, ttra exhibit transports us to Russia Well worth the trip to Wilming- ton, the Nicholas and Alexandra exhibit illuminates a period of his- tory that is understudied. Russian history, Europe's monarchies, the economic and political conditions are all there, intertwined with a tragic human story. The value of exposing students to authentic artifacts cannot be overstated. I can plan intricate lessons, backed by wonderful resource books and videotapes. None of it compares to seeing the actual gowns that the women in the Russian court wore to official balls or the carriage that Alexan- dra rode in to her husband's coro- nation. My students were amazed, enchanted, and I'm hoping, intrigued enough to go home and read about it. In preparing lessons for this trip, SCHOOL JOURNAL Diane Albanese I mentioned that we had recently been to Washington, D.C., and now we were going to Russia. "Oh, Mrs. Albanese, how are you going to get us to Russia?" they inquired. (So little faith in their teacher!) With the "magic school bus," and the First USA River- front Arts Center, anything is pos- sible. The exhibit provided for us a window into Russian history: Nicholas and Alexandra, the last imperial family of Tsarist Russia. The collection of more than 700 artifact, tells the Romanovs' story of incredible wealth, power, pas- sion and death. While extraordinarily privi- leged, this royal family is por- trayed as wonderfully human. There are toys that the children played with, clothes they wore, and diaries that were written. There is the story of the man who never wanted to be tsar and his wife who was so shy, she hid her face behind a fan during intermis- sion at the theatre. Breathtakingly beautiful, their daughters grew up and thrived while their son, the only heir to the throne, was sickly and in great pain. So many questions arise. Why is it that only boys could succeed to the throne? How could all of the crown heads of Europe marry each other generation after generation? What is hemophilia and how is it transmitted? Why didn't the royal family leave the country during the revolution? The information gathered by attending this art show set off a series of links to my students' and their parents' personal past. Sever- al students researched their own family history and talked about the time when a family member came over from Russia. One of my students brought in some military medals from the World War I. Another link is to the present. It is much easier to read about Rus- sia's troubles today, knowing what we know from the past. Per- haps it is also easier to understand why governments are rushing to provide economic aid to this ailing giant. Either way, these links are criti- cal to authentic learning. Can't wait for the next magic school bus trip. In April, we will go to Japan! The First USA Riverfront Arts Center will be hosting an exhibit, "Splendors of the Meiji: Treasures of Imperial Japan." Diane Saienni Albanese is a parent and a teacher in the Cape Henlopen School District and at Delaware Tech in Georgetown.