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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, November 10, 1994, Page PAGE 4-B, Image 18

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Union Elementary Students Discover The Joy Of Reaching Out To Others BY SUSAN USHER Dayna Ramsey-Sanders' class was hard at work last Wednesday mnrninp. Working in teams, nearly 30 youngsters were busily painting, cutting and sketching winter scenes as they decorated collection boxes for the Brunswick County Literacy Council's Holiday Book Share. "It's so kids who don't have many books can have some." one earnest third-grader explained. That's the kind of love in action you're going to see a lot more of at Union Elementary School, to the benefit of both students and commu nity. For, as philosopher and author Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, "It is one of the most beautiful com pensations in life that one cannot sincerely try to help another without helping himself." Every classroom is blending vol untarism into the curriculum, with a different focus at each grade level, in a project guidance counselor Sue Chapman and volunteer coordinator Trish Poulos are calling GIVE. It's an acronym for Getting Involved Volunteering Everywhere. "We had people coming into our school doing things for our students, but our students weren't doing any thing for others," said Chapman. "That distressed me. I felt like we had the wrong focus." Chapman said Dayna Ramsey Sanders was one of the first teachers at Union School to involve her stu dents as volunteers. Those students benefited so much last year that her classes were already making plans this year to reach out to the commu nity again even before the GIVE project got under way. In addition to decorating book boxes, her students save money and shop fui non-per ishables for the Volunteer and Infor mation Center (VIC); visit Autumn Care nursing center in Shallotte weekly and write residents whom they've "adopted." ""They so look forward to going; that's all they talk about all week. They leave those people feeling so good," said Ramsey-Sanders, who has seen several children blossom in ways not possible in the regular STAff PHOTO BY SUSAN USHtK DRESSING UP children's book collection boxes for the Brunswick County Literacy Council are Union Elementary School third grade volunteers (clockwise from left ) Drew Sellers, Renee McCray, Deseree David, Kyle Hughes, Eugene Hill, Rocko Auerbach and Brandice Jordan. Looking over their work are guidance counselor Sue Chapman and teacher Dayna Ramsey-Sanders. classroom. Center residents benefit too; one staff member praised a stu dent for drawing out "her" senior during a half-hour visit more effec tively than staff had been able to do over a period of months. In a math project, students saved money for a month and clipped coupons for non-perishable foods. Then, in cooperation with Food Lion, the youngsters shopped. Using their calculators, they compared prices of coupon Items, other brands and generic products. With their combined savings of $150, they bought foodstuffs to donate to VIC's emergency food pantry. "They had workpH harH to save that money, but gladly brought it in for VIC," said Ramsey-Sanders. "They felt good about doing some thing for someone else." That's what GIVE is about, com passion and the intrinsic rewards in volved in helping others. "This will help teach our students not to be self-centered. They're learning to serve and help other peo pie," said Chapman. "Isn't that what's life all about ? people help ing people?" A $15,000 ServeAmerica grant, one of only 12 awarded to schools in North Carolina, underwrites the cost of the new effort as well as continu ing the ATTAC tutoring program for a third year and supporting a part nership with the carpentry class at West Brunswick High School. AT TAC is a cooperative venture with the Brunswick County Literacy Council that brings 20 volunteers a week to the school to work with 60 students in second through fourth grades who are having trouble with reading The high ?-hnr>l carpentry students will be building bird houses and window boxes for elementary student projects, as well as toys for Union's special education class. Through GIVE, kindergarten and first grade classes are focusing on environmental issues, particularly recycling and composting. They arc also planning an Earth Day celebra tion next spring. First graders partic ipated in Beach Sweep, meshing sci encc lessons on the tide and the coast with picking up litter. Working with the elderly is the focus for second grade students. Each has "adopted" a local nursing home resident. "We're just getting started on this," said Chapman. "They're writ ing letters; I have the first batch here to be delivered. They will be making art projects to share and will be vis iting the nursing home at least quar terly.** To prepare, students arc reading stories about talking to the elderly Share Gift Of Reading During Holiday Season Share the gift of reading! The Brunswick County Literacy Council is collecting new and like new children's books for its annual Holiday Book Share. The books will be included in Christmas baskets given to low-income families across the county by the Brunswick County Volunteer & Information Center. I Ast year the council and VIC distributed more than 700 books for chil dren and adults. This year the council is collecting piily children's books. "The Volunteer & Information Center tells us that the families that will reccive baskets this year generally have at least three children and sometimes more," said VISTA worker Aaron Tate. "We think that the children's books will be well read. We figure every household either has a child or has a child in its extended family." Third grade students of Dayna Ramsey-Sanders at Union Elementary School have decorated collection boxes that are being placed at sites throughout the county. 1\vo area bookstores that are also serving as collection points, L Bookworm Book Store at Holden Beach and Little Professor Book Cerier in Southport, are aiding the effort by offering discounts on books purchased for donation to Holiday Book Share. Unwrapped books may be brought to the literacy council's office on U.S. 17 at Supply or dropped off at any of the following locations before Monday, Dec. 12: Wal Mart, Camp United Methodist Church, Shallotte; L Bookworm Book Store, Holden Beach: Book Nook and Calabash Presbyterian Church, Calabash; Seaside United Methodist Church, Sunset Beach; and at town halls in Boiling Spring Lakes, Leland, Long Beach, Southport and Yaupon Beach. For more information call the council at 754-7323 or, if calling from outside the Atlantic Telephone Membership Corp. service area, 1-800 694-7323. and talking about their experiences. "Nursing home residents get a lot of attention during the holidays, hut not as much at other times. M said Chapman. "I think we can help fill in the gaps." As part of their science classes, third grade students are focusing on plants ? growing them and sharing them. The youngsters plan to take the flowers they grow and use them to beautify Hope Harbor Home, to create window boxes for the literacy council's office and to brighten the rooms of nursing home residents. The fourth grade is continuing its peer helper conflict resolution pro gram. This year third graders will participate as well. Fourth graders arc also participat ing in a volunteer program that takes advantage of the current focus on improving writing skills. Students arc writing stories longhand, key hoarding and printing them using the computer, illustrating and bind ing them. Then they plan to read the stories aloud to kindergarten stu dents and give them the "books". "I'm really excited about this pro gram." said Chapman. "I think it's the best thing we've ever done " October's Weather Was Cool, Very Wet Temperatures for October aver aged slightly below normal, but pre cipitation was unusually high, ac cording to the monthly climatoiogi cal report of the National Weather Service Wilmington office. Average temperature for October was 64.4 degrees, or .9 below nor mal. The average high was 74.6 de grees, with the warmest being 83 de grees on the 1st and the 31st. Average low was 54.2 degrees, with the coolest temperature being 41 degrees on the 28th. No record high or low temperatures occurred. Precipitation for October totaled 8.53 inches, or 2.69 inches above the long-term normal. A record daily precipitation of 5.5 inches was set on the 13th, breaking an old record set in 1942. Measurable precipitation fell on 9 days, compared with 7 days for a normal October. Thunder occurred at the weather station on one day, about normal for the month. The greatest 24-hour rainfall was 7.01 inches on the 13th and 14th. Wilmington had 9 cloudy days, 7 clear days and 15 partly cloudy days, a cloudier-than-normal month for a normally dry month. Accord ingly, sunshine averaged only 44 percent, compared with a long-term normal of 65 percent. Likewise, daytime sky cover was 8/10, com pared with a normal of 5/11). Dense fog occurred on six days, compared with a long-term average of 2.5 days for any October. Mean wind speed was 7.9 miles per hour, about normal for October. The peak wind of 37 miles an hour occurred on the 3rd and the 15th, both from the north with the passage of storm systems. Thank You For All Of Your Help and Support! Glenda C. 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