Laurel Events
Thursday, May 29, 2003
Laurel Fourth of July 4
The Laurel Chamber of Commerce is making plans for the 4th of July celebration. Red-White-and Blue will be the colors throughout town Friday, July 4. The ninth annual Independence Day celebration will get off to a start with the traditional prayer breakfast at 8 a.m. along Broad Creek, catered by Emmings. Tickets, $10 each, are available only in advance through chamber board members. The Red-White-and Blue Parade, featuring local entries and Uncle Sam, will start at 10:30 a.m. The day will feature a 5K run and walk, games, art show, a local talent show, a moon bounce and water slide, Lollipop the clown, musical entertainment, a dunking booth, a car show, crafts and food. The event will end at dusk with a fireworks display. Parade applications will be available at the library, chamber office and Laurel Fire Department. Line-up will begin at 8 a.m. at Evergreen and Oak. Application deadline is June 30. For more information contact Dean Culver at 875-3947. The 5K Run/Walk will start and end at North Laurel Elementary School. For details contact Ronald MacArthur, 629-8740, or Dave Crimmins at the Boys and Girls Club, Seaford. The Laurel Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Independence Day Celebration. Vendor applications are available through the chamber office from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information contact the chamber at 875-9319.
District teachers of the year recognized
By Mike McClure

The Laurel School Board recognized the districtís teacher of the year candidates and listened to two presentations during its meeting on Wednesday, May 21. The following teachers are nominees for the districtís 2004 teacher of the year award, which will be announced on Saturday, May 31: P.L. Dunbar - Pam McCumbers; North Laurel - Jodi Green; Laurel Intermediate - Janet Pugh; Laurel Middle School - Amy Handy; Laurel High School - Jennifer Rosen. The districtís teacher of the year will be nominated for the state teacher of the year award. The board also recognized Laurel student Kariann Flynn, who attended the Junior Leadership conference in Washington, D.C. March 1 through 6. Susanne Lee of Jobs for Delaware Graduates gave a presentation to the board about the organization, which was started in 1979 and has served over 18,000 students. According to Lee, the non-profit organization helped more than 2,000 students in 30 high schools this year. JDG is open to students in grades 9 through 12 who fit two of the following categories: economically disadvantaged, poor academic skills or lack of job skills, unexcused absences or discipline problem, behind peers in grade level, or personal or family problems. Sandy Baker and Dr. Diane Stetina updated the board on the districtís accelerated reading and incentive programs. The incentive program targets high school students. Baker quoted national statistics which show that five percent of children can learn to read effortlessly on their own and 44 percent of third graders lack basic reading skills. Stetina began incorporating the accelerated reader program with incentives this school year. Teachers give coupons to students after they have read a certain amount accelerated reader books. Monthly drawings are held, allowing students who receive the coupons to have a chance to win prizes that are donated by the community. Among the prizes up for grabs in the final drawing (May 30) are $1,000 cash and a DVD player.