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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, January 11, 2001, Image 1

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Sports Week Rams take Bighouse i Gaines title ' ? ? ? ? UNC's Barksdale setting more records See 8! v ^11 ^ / See A5 IMBHHHiMMHMIHMIBIHIHMII See C7 See CI Community Bash held for library employee ? ? ? ? Gospel awards show coming to TV 75 cents W I NSTON-SALEM GREENSBORO HlGH POINT Vol. XXVII No. 19 is* ; 'feru^ CHRONICL 7m? Choice for African American News (r/?? from Making a Splash Winston Lake Family Y to teach minority kids joy of swimming BY T. KEVIN WALKER THE CHRONICLE Summer's months away, but officials at the Winston Lake Fam ily YMCA already have pool safe ty Y>n their minds. Officials were notified recently that the Y received a $25,000 grant from the Winston-Salem Founda tion to launch several swimming programs for underprivileged youngsters between the ages of 7 and 17. The grant will allow about 250 kids to enroll in the program. The Y js already recruiting its first class of youngsters. The housing authority and recreation center W W k ww Ty-w directors have been contacted about the program and are expect ed to recommend young people for the program. The grant will cover the cost of the program for the youngsters as well as swimming gear and uni forms. The grant will also cover salaries for two instructors. The V will provide transportation for the participants. Maurice Horsey, executive vice president of the VMCA of Greater Winston-Salem, said the Y applied for the grant for several reasons. First, the organization wanted to do something to address the city's lifeguard shortage. Local Y branches and city pools have had a rough time finding teens to man pools. The Y also hopes the program will help bring new blood to its award-winning swim team. But. most important. Horsey said, the Y wants to teach water survival skills to a segment of the popula tion that is more likely to be found on a basketball court or a soccer field than in a swimming pool. Last summer four of the five children who drowned in Forsyth County were Hispanic. The Y will make a special push to recruit His panics for the program. "The drownings last year show See Winston Lake on A4 Photo by Kevin Walker Maurice Horsey; from left, Page Gregson and Thornton Eaton stand in front of the newly-refurbished pool at the Winston Lake Family YMCA. The pool will soon be used to train more than 200 children. L|IX7Fti?^ I FAm*J*r ? ?? 4 FMW V I1AWS moves step closer to fixing Seating problems &V.T. KEVIN WALKER ite CHRONICLE ' - The Housing Authority of Winston-Salem Board of Com missioners will not wait to receive a state-issued engineering seal for the work that needs to be done to fix heating problems in hundreds of town houses in three public housing communities. The commissioners voted to table a resolution Tuesday that would have selected a contractor to make the improvements. J. Reid Lawrence, the executive director of HAWS, said he hopes work can began within five to 10 days after HAWS receives the seal. Lawrence said c(btaining the seal was sug gested by city officials to ensure the quality of the work that's to be done. Residents began to complain that newly installed heating units did not properly heat apartments. HAWS maintenance officials dis covered that the units were installed without "dampers," a device that helps to distribute heat .evenly throughout a structure. ?*lHAWS has purchased oil ? battling radiator heaters for resi IdefUs to use until the heating Iptablem can be fixed. A mainte nance supervisor claimed at the ?Opting that HAWS had pur IcBased virtually all such heaters in Triad and that officials had to ?jo to Raleigh to purchase addi 'tional heaters. ; " The chair of board voiced frustration at the media during the meeting. HAWS has not been given credit for acting quickly to See HAWS on At 0 Adoptive parents, kids to tell their stories BY T. KEVIN WALKER THE CHRONICLE The Forsyth County Depart ment of Social Services is develop ing a new weapon to help it in its yearly battle to shrink adoption waiting lists. The agency has hired a compa ny that specializes in adoption marketing to develop an ad cam paign featuring a few of the hun dreds of local children that wait to be adopted each year. Campaign for Kids, an Asheville-based marketing com pany. will develop posters, news paper ads. church bulletins, brochures and a short video aimed at getting more adults interested in adopting. "We have given a voice to some of the kids that have gone through the system," said Diane Delafield, a soon-to-be adoptive mother who owns a marketing agency. Delafield spent much of last Saturday interviewing children for literature that will be used in the ad campaign. Children were also photographed. The idea. Delafield said, is to let those who know what the sys tem is like, share their experiences with others. Adoptive parents and children who have already been adopted will also be featured in promotions. Delafield has done similar campaigns in counties throughout the state. The results have been positive, she said. In the last coun ty, an advertising blitz resulted in a noticeable increase in adoption activity. Dawn Perdue, program coor dinator for DSS's Families for Kids, said the ad campaign, which should be up and running in a few months, is the first of its kind in,3 Forsyth County. DSS has more than 300 in its custody at any given time, said Perdue, who is an adoptive moth er herself. She hopes the campaign will give families more informa tion on adoption. "We are hoping to reach fami lies who may have been consider So Adoption on A9 Photo by Kevin Walker Local adopted children look at animals on the campus of The Chil dren's Home. They will take part in a local adoption advertising campaign. Supporters: Blacks will prosper under Easley BY ANGELA BURRUS THE TR1ANOLE TR1BI M RALEIGH - As Gov. Mike Easley sets up a stronger and more inclusive government in North Carolina, some are cer tain blacks will have more than a level playing field. With President-elect George Bush's reign approaching and several talks of a possible reces sion in the midst, many black citizens are concerned about their place in the political arena. When asked how would blacks specifically benefit from his leadership, Easley evaded the question, other than recognizing existing disparities in the state that he defines as "two North Carolinas." "We can no longer afford to have two North Carolinas," he said. "We need one where all our citizens prosper." But members of his transi-" tional team said his sensitivity for black citizens goes without saying, as he has recently appointed blacks to key posi tions. including Reuben Young as deputy legal counsel. Sondra Davis as director of boards and commissions, and former state ? senator Rev. C.R. Edwards as senior adviser to the governor. "I feel comfortable that blacks will benefit from his administration," Edwards said. "Some of the problems we face like economics and education will receive the kind of influence and input that would make for a healthy North Carolina. "The limited financial resources that are predicted. African Americans may not . receive their due share but they'll receive a good share of jt." Transitional team member Gwen Swimpson said Easley's support for black prosperity is also apparent in the issues that he is pushing during his term. Easley stressed pushing an agenda that includes reducing class sizes. particularly in grades kinder garten through third grade, as well as promoting an econom ic plan that will give all tailey citizens prosperity. "For the first time in years, we are facing a serious budget shortfall." he said. "Estimates of the shortfall are as high as S400 million. "Rural economic develop ment is a serious challenge. We must bring companies to North Carolina that will bring high paying jobs. We cannot do that successfully if we do not have a properly trained work force. That leads to the challenge we are facing in education." "One of the biggest problems is the 'two North Carolinas.'" Swimpson added. "And that is where you have the poor, rural C , AO Marshall Bass establishes $50,000 endowment BY PAUL COLLINS THE CHRONICLE Philanthropist Marshall Bass has established a $50,000 endow ment for grants to help pay tuition at Best Choice Center, after a deci sion by the center's board of direc tors to increase tuition. Bass is on the board of direc tors at Best Choice Center, a well respected, nonprofit after-school and "summer program for students 5 to 15 years old. Children in the program get individualized help with their school work and study math and reading concepts at advanced grade levels. Bass said, "Recently we had to raise the tuition from $25 to $50 per month. Best Choice Center is primarily oriented toward families needing care for their children as well as prevention of drug intake. In light of the fact we had to raise our tuition, I had to establish about a $50,000 Best Choice Cen ter Endowment at the Winston Salem Foundation. "Those funds will be used for grants for payment of tuition specifically limited to families with . two or more children. The reason ?that I limited it to families with two or more children is the cost may be a little more prohibitive to those families than an individual family having one child. "The fund is going to pay 50 percent of the tuition for (a) one year period.. .The staff at the cen ter will make recommendations as to who will receive these grants to the personnel committee of the board of directors. The personnel committee will ayt accordingly on these recommendations. "This year, 2001. my best judg ment is that ... we're going to give from eight to 10 scholarship grants or tuition grants to those families selected by the personnel commit tee." Bass is and has been involved in many philanthropic and civic activities. For example, he said, "I am chairman of the Marshall B Bass Children's Fund. This is a fund which was established in 1997 with a purpose of providing training in organizational management for the staff and board of organiza tions that serve children. We have a board of 17 key people in Forsyth County who make decisions as to who will receive grants from the fund. "The organizations that have received it thus far are the YWCA. Best Choice Center and children's program at the Department of Social Services. We make at least one grant each year. That's one objective of the fund. The second objective is that board members participate and recruit a cadre of experts in our community t? strengthen the organizational management of children's organi zations...The third and final objective is to establish seminars in various management disciplines and invite persons in executive and board capacity from organizations that serve children. We're in the process of putting together a semi nar for the year 2001 in which we will invite 20-25 organizations, board members and key ' staff members based on the tneeds in those organizations." In the area of education. Bass has established several educational programs at colleges and universi ties. most notably at Winston Salem State University. "We have a program there to provide schol arships at Winston-Salem State for life science, business and psycholo^ See Bass on A9 IKile Photo Marshall Bass stands with t h e n - B C C director Dorothy Gra ham-Wheeler outside of the nationally acclaimed Best Choice Center. Bass has been a longtime supporter of the center. ? FOR SUBSCRIPTIONS CALL (336) 722-8624 ? MASTERCARD, VISA AND AMERICAN EXPRESS

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