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THIRD GRADE STUDENTS at Union Elementary School took their turn Friday winding the Maypole as part of the school's first
International Week celebration.
Union Students Take Visitors
On Whirlwind Tour Of The Globe
II was the chance of a lifetime for
travelers reluctant to leave the com
forts of their armchair: an affordable
whirlwind world tour, with no pass
port and no shots required.
All that was needed to enjoy the
trip was a willingness to suspend
their disbelief and join in the fun of
International Week at Union
Elementary School at Shallotte.
Social studies coordinator Eliza
beth Dctrie, who coordinated the
week-long effort with art teacher
Angela Gingras, said students and
tcachcrs participated with enthusi
asm in the opportunity to study an
other country, or even an unfamiliar
state of the United States.
"I really feel like the children and
faculty enjoyed it," said Dctrie. "It
was the perfect week. It wound up
the year in a good way."
If others on the staff share that
sentiment, she said it's likely the
school will try something similar
next year.
Some grade levels adopted a sin
gle country, while others went class
by class in choosing their destina
tions. Japan, Australia, Africa,
China, Ireland and Hawaii were just
some of the stops along the tour.
Their work covered the entire cur
riculum, from language arts and so
cial studies to ait, dancc and music.
"They completed project books,
put on plays and dances and made
spccial videos and put up special
bulletin boards and decorations," she
said. Costumes were evident as well,
from kimonos to Ninja suits.
"Some classes went to the library
and checked out books for research
and others created art," she said, as
they immersed themselves in the lo
cation of their choice.
Friday was the day of the grand
lour, offering students and their
guests The fourth grade bccamc
Australia momentarily, with a color
ful Barrier Reef and native wildlife
such as koala bears and alligators
dotting the landscape.
Some students tried out a new ac
cent, greeting tourisLs with a hearty,
"G'day, mates!" Some wore colorful
handcraltcd tribal necklaces of mac
aroni, with the various shapes dyed
in symbolic colors. All eagerly of
fered information about "their"
country and its culture and people.
While down under, class members
and tourisLs got to sample nibbles of
"alligator meat," "lizard eggs," "sea
weed," "dirt and worms," and other
foods that might contribute to the di
et of aboriginal tribes.
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Tax Hike Planned
Varnamtown residents won't pay
any more town taxes next year than
they did this year under the pro
posed 1993-94 budget.
Aldermen received the tentative
spending plan Monday night. It calls
for a tax rate of 5 cenLs per SIOC) of
property, which would raise S5.295
for the town. The owner of a
S50,000 home would pay S25.
The SI20,416 proposed budget
includes a S61.741 reserve fund.
That's money town officials
wouldn't cxpcct to spend next year.
It would be left in the bank to collect
ini ;st.
Aldermen have proposed spend
ing S57.240 between July 1 and
June 30, 1994, and they have set up
a SI,435 contingency fund that
would cover emergencies or unfore
seen expenses.
New to the proposed town budget
is a "community projects" allocation
of S9.320 that could be used for im
proving the park area or boat ramp
on Lockwood Folly River.
"That's to take care of different
things in the community," Town
Clerk Lucllcn Norris said Tuesday.
"It's money that will be spent on
something to benefit the whole com
Other major expenses would in
clude SI0,000 to pay for the park
property, $8,000 for street lights,
S3.000 for the fire department and
SI,800 for the rescue squad.
Town officials also plan to put
S4.000 in buildings and grounds for
a new air-conditioning system at
town hall and a town hall sign.
Projected revenues next year total
$120,416, which includes the
S61.741 reserve fund. Major rev
enue sources include S44.700 in
state sales tax, S5,4(X) in utilities
franchise tax and SI ,600 in alcoholic
beverage lax.
Vamamtown residents are invited
to comment on the proposed spend
ing plan during a public hearing
Thursday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. in
town hall.
Varnum Appointed
Tony Varnum has been appointed
to the town board scat being vacated
by Tonya Robbins. Varnum will be
sworn in at the board of aldermen's
July 19 meeting.
Robbins announced last month
that she would resign effective June
30 because she didn't have time to
run a restaurant and help conduct the
town's business as well.
Tax Notices Coming
In other business Monday, Var
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to send one more notice to people
who haven't paid taxes for the years
1989 through 1991.
Norris said about a dozen people
still owe the town for one or all of
those years. The total amount of out
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"It's not that much money but it's
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If the warning letters don't get re
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