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By RICHARD L. WILLIAMS
Though the Winston-Salem branch of the NAACP
failed to reach- its goal of $75,000 from its
"Star-A-Thon" last Saturday, it got a message across to
the black community, said the organizers of the event.
"Even though we didn't reach our goals in monetary
terms, we are very happy that the Star-A-Thon was still a
success,** said Earline Parmon, chairman of the fundraiser,
which netted the organization approximately
$5,000. "Because of our intense efforts, people are going
to be more aware of the NAACP."
The Star-A-Thon, which combined speeches and enter
tainment in the parking lot of Mechanics And Farmers
By RUTHELL HOWARD
The Winston-Salem Human Relations Department has
been questioned by community members who feel it
should be doing more and city officials who aren't sure
exactly how much the department already is accomplishing.
Herman Aldridge, director of the department, says
human relations is "controversial" business anyway.
"Just by the nature of human relations, you're dealing
% with problems," Aldridge says. "If you don't do
anything, you get jumped on. If you do something,
somebody's not going to like it and jump on you."
Lately, the department was "jumped on" by some
members of the Winston-Salem Board of Aldermen, who
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Bank, a telethon broadcast live on radio station WAAA
and a door-to-door solicitation effort, was the first in the
area. Its organizers say they will try to make it an annual
Alderman Larry Womble, who served as emcee of the
program, said the NAACP knew that the goal was "very
ambitious** and that it was intentionally set so high.
"We set it high purposely so that we could work hard
to reach for it," said Womble.
However, Womble said he was satisfied with the
organization's efforts and the positive manner in which it
was received by the community.
"Five thousand dollars is very good for about six
hours' worth of time," he said. "I was very appreciative
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questioned, during a special budget meeting of the
board's General Committee, the use of its $102,100 yearly
looking at their goals and objectives, it looked to
me that they weren't trying to do much," says Alderman
Robert S. Northington Jr., who says the department's
primary objective seems to have remained the same during
its four years of existence.
Northington also says he asked for the total number of
people who attended workshops sponsored by the department
last year and counted approximately 100.
"I just feel like they are spending a lot," Northington
says. "I think they ought to be making an effort to do
Alderman Larry Little, however, says he is pleased
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Thursday, August 4, 1983
In t egr ati ?I
By ROBIN ADAMS .
This article 1st he fifth In an tight-part atrial.
Twelve years ago, the courts ordered that the citycounty
schools be integrated.
Less than a month later, school officials had devised a
plan to satisfy that mandate. But, while the strategy looked
good on paper, many of the classrooms remained as
segregated as the days before the court order.
The same situation still exists today, say teachers. idminfstrators
"You can desegregate the school system and assign the
students here on a 70 to 30 (black-to-while) basis and
never integrate the classes,*' says an elementary, school
principal. . .
"The fact that both black and white comc to the same
school doesn't mean it's integrated."
Walter Marshall, vice president of the NAACP,
agrees. "We have the most stratified system in
America," he says. "We have schools feir everything.
"The Career Center has vocational programs, the
Gifted and Talented program is for the elite, Optional
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Winston-Salem's only predominantly black volunteer
rescue squad needs help from the community it serves to
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Having to rely on donations from the community and
area businesses and any funds individual members can
contribute to keep it going, the Southeast Winston
Rescue Squad is sponsoring a "Revival In Song" this
Saturday evening at Carver High School as a fund-raiser.
The squad is also conducting a raffle and a door-to-door
solicitation campaign to keep the unit afloat.
Robert Staplefoote, squad captain, says the group
hopes to get some type of funding from the United AW ay
of Forsyth County. But even if ittgets the funding, it
wouldn't start until 1985.
Meanwhile, the squad is holding on.
"We don't charge for our services, so we don't
generate anything," Staplefoote says. Between now and
1985, Staplefoote says, the unit will have to raise funds
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What To Do?
ARDAC, a computerised gat system, has John
Slade wondering about the new technology
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1^1 Octane Or High Anxiety? :
Carlfrek" columnist John Slade discusses the
ttesHn gas pumps, and how what used to be a
mpgl matter of pulling a lever and pumping
as become an exercise in frustration ? and emirmssment.
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Education is for those who they say can't make it in the
regular schools and South Park (a school for the mentally .
handicapped) is a put-down on the poor student and is
something that shouldn't exist." ~
Each program is designed to meet the needs of a oar
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ticular group of students. But where the number of
blacks is scarce in one, it overflows in another.
Of the 2,100 students in Gifted and Talented program
last year, only 163 of them were black (86 in grades 3-6
and 77 in grades 7-12.) At South Park, 274 (76.1 percent)
of 360 students are black.
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the same way it has in the past: soliciting community support.
"The reason we're running all these (fund-raising) projects
is to keep ourselves funded until we have some
definite funding," Staplefoote says. "As it stands now,
the community built the rescue squad, and the communi-ty's
going to have4o support iu"_ ?
A rescue squad was established in the black community
in 1962 when several men who belonged to a citizens band
(CB) radio club decided to organize the Air King Rescue
Squad. That squad, which was started in October of that
year and chartered Jan. 20, 1970, was housed in old Fire
Station No. 4 on Dunleith Avenue.
It eventually moved to another location on WalkertownRoad,
but had to shut down because it did not meet
state requirements that members be certified as emergency
medical technicians Then, in 19811 Staplefootg and
several other citizens reorganized the squad as the
Southeast Winston Rescue Squad, purchased an ambulance
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Car Trek 1
By JOHN SLADE
Maybe it's just me, but I don't think modern
technology is all it's cracked up to be, especially computers.
Everything is becoming computerized nowadays,
which, for me, has proven to be more embarrassing than
beneficial. Take as an example ? and a thoroughly
humiliating one ? my first trip to a computerized gas station.
All gas stations are alike, I used to say, except that
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things aren't so simple since ARDAC came along.
ARDAC is a computerized gas pumping system. And.
just as long distance is supposed to be the next best thing
to being there, ARDAC is supposed to be the next best
thing to having the service station guy pump the gas for
you. Maybe so ? after you've gone through the initiation
When I first saw ARDAC, I was amazed. "Wow," 1
thought, "the wonders of modern technology." Then 1
tried to get some gas.
Before I could take the nozzle from the pump, an attendant
was upon me, asking if I needed any help.
I just stared at him, my eyes conveying the message,
"I'm at the self-service lane, Sherlock. Why would you
even offer to assist?" But I responded with a simple
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