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Student Spotlight for March 4, 2009

Kidtown playgrounds to be enhanced

Wild Rivers Coast class, graduates of the 2008 Ford Initiative Leadership Program. Back row (from l-r): Pata Vang, Jody Mangum, Rob Carrillo, Tim Hoone, Reweti Wiki, Gerry Livingston, Perry Devine, Julie Payne, Moira Fossum, Jewels Cresser. Middle row: Va Her Vang, Michele Thomas, Karen Phillips, Brent Hoskinson, Georgia Nowlin, Randy Bancroft, Grant Scholes, Ruth Rhodes. Front row: Jodi Appel, Rachel Carrillo, Liz Lindley, Megan Webb, Jenesis Samai, Alycia Jacobson, Geneva Wiki, Susan Lunsford. Not pictured: Susan Bristow, Lisa Serrano. Submitted Photo
The popular Kidtown playgrounds in Crescent City and Brookings will soon be enhanced to make them more accessible for kids of all ages who have disabilities.

Graduates from the Ford Initiative Leadership Program, the Wild Rivers Coast class, have embraced this project as a positive contribution to their communities. Members of the class are from Brookings and Crescent City area and represent a diverse mix of citizens from business, local government, non-profits and high school students.

In 2008 Curry County was selected by the Ford Family Foundation for its Ford Institute Leadership Program. This program is a collaboration of the Ford Institute for Community Building and Rural Development Initiatives. A series of classes were given that focused on developing the community leadership capacity of individuals in order to promote vitality in rural communities.

The Leadership Development classes were in the fall/winter of 2008, with “graduation” in December. The selection and completion of a project within one year of the completion of classes is expected, and allows the participants to apply the tools they have acquired from their training.

Look for the Wild Rivers Coast class graduates in the coming months as they go out in the community to share their vision for Project Kidtown.

Students hear about law enforcement

Crescent City Police Officer Eric Apperson, left, and Officer Don Bloyd of the California Highway Patrol give a presentation on careers in law enforcement. Submitted Photo
The Del Norte High School Counseling Office is continuing to offer monthly career presentations for students to introduce them to a variety of career options.

This month’s presentation was on law enforcement. Officer Eric Apperson from the Crescent City Police Department, and Officer Don Bloyd from the California Highway Patrol shared their own personal and professional experiences with students. 

The next presenter will be Lisa Perry from the Natural Resources and Sciences department at Humboldt StateUniversity on Tuesday.

Interested DNHS sophomores, juniors and seniors can sign up in the counseling office by Monday to attend the workshop.

Advocates sought

Are you interested in helping children in our community?  CASA of Del Norte is holding a volunteer advocate training class at the end of March.

If you are interested in making a difference in a child’s life and would like more information on volunteering, please call Anthony at 464-3320 ext. 203 or visit www.casadn.org .

Little black ants

The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson

They’re a fact of life in rainy climates,

but there are ways to discourage them

The North Coast has an ant problem.
It’s not that our residents are dirtier than elsewhere, or that our houses are more open to invasion. It’s just that when the rain comes out, the ants come in, experts say.

Normal aging: the good, the bad and the ugly

Kathryn Wood will present a program on aging Saturday. Submitted Photo
Do you know the difference between normal and abnormal aging?

On Saturday, Kathryn Wood will present a program that will provide information to tell the difference. Dr. Wood holds a Ph.D. in gerontology nursing, and has been a family nurse practitioner for the past 32 years. 

Most experts agree that aging  happens throughout the life span. When younger, aging is associated with growth, maturation and discovery. But somewhere along the timeline of life, people begin to experience changes that are signs of decline.

Sore body parts are common.  Some changes are not necessarily harmful. With age, your hair thins and turns gray. Your skin thins, becomes less elastic and sags.

Other changes lead to loss of function of bodily organs. In the gastrointestinal system, for example, production of digestive enzymes diminishes, reducing your body’s ability to break down and absorb the nutrition from food.

So what body and mind changes are normal and what changes are abnormal that would require treatment and or medication? Learning the difference could mean a better quality of life.

The program is free and will be held at the Addie Meedom House, 1445 Parkway Drive at 2:30 p.m. Refreshments will be  served. For information call 464-3311.

Local DAR chapter seeking members

Organizing regent Katie Gavin (in red) helps prospective member Candy Fox of Gasquet as Fox leafs through a book listing the patriots of the American revolution. The Daily Triplicate/Adam Madison
Organizing regent Katie Gavin helped prospective members during the meeting of the Del Norte Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Saturday morning.

The non-profit volunteer organization is looking for new members. The requirements are relatively rigorous for membership. Some requirements, such as the need to be an at-least 18-year-old woman, are simple, but the main requirement may take months to complete.

“You must prove lineage to a patriot of the American revolution,” said Gavin. She said the group requires a complete genealogy for each member, as well as identification such as birth certificates or marriage licenses.

Gavin said the Del Norte chapter has 11 proven members, three that are working toward completing their genealogy and five that have just started.

Students study up on latest comet

First-grader Colleen Ramey works on a comet project. Submitted Photo
Stargazers and astronomy buffs are in for a treat. Comet Lulin is coming to town!

Students from Uncharted Shores Academy spent Friday morning preparing for the comet’s arrival. The day was designed with four “comet” stations each student worked in.   Included in the stations was an area where students cooked comets in their classroom.

First, students made a comet with dry ice, ammonia, organic material (sand and molasses) and water.  Then they observed how the comet produced a tail made of gas and also how the comet continuously changed itself by creating new craters.

Next, students made edible comets using chunks of ice (marshmallows), chunks of rocks (chocolate chips), space dust (powdered sugar) and ice chips (coconut) to experience making a  comet first hand. 

Student Spotlight for February 25, 2009

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