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KATHY WITT, one of »iz London Girit, peeks at slide she will use in danomtrations of the "London Look" at "IN" Session TO. London gir i typifies natural look' head to toe "IN" Session '69 is a. self-improvement seminar sponsored for high school girls by the Independent, Press-Telegram on March 8, 15 and 22 at Long Beach City College Auditorium, 4901 Carson Blvd. Details and tickets may be obtained at participating high schools or at the I, P-T promotion office, HE 5-1161, Ext. 237. By DEBBIE WOLFF "I'd like you to meet Kathy Witt, one of the London Look girls ..." The dewy young lady standing before me didn't conform to my idea of the London Look. I'd always thought that cosmetic trends featured a melodramatically painted face. Instead, as I learned from Miss Witt and her appearance, the "look" is natural and totally feminine. Miss Witt, 23, is both a London Girl and director of special events for the west coast for Yardley, British-based cosmetic company. She will present slides and a live demonstration on use of cosmetics at "IN" Session '69. The model has travelled nationally for the company for two years, frequently flying a triangle between New York, Miami and Los Angeles, her home base. Though she's jetted enough to become a member of the "100,000 Mile Club," Miss Witt hasn't been detoured to Cuba -- yet. Travel itself got Miss Witt her city-hopping job as one of the six London Girls. "I was in the right place at the right time -- visiting a friend who was a London Girl herself. Company representatives saw me and thought I exemplified the 'look.'" And so she does -- with flawless skin, long hair and zany mod eyeglasses that she Guest columnist, Lakewood High School Debbie Wolff, 17, is managing editor of the "Lakewood Lance," newspaper of Lakewood High School. She met Kathy Witt for an interview at the Independent, Press-Telegram and was impressed by the young model's fresh prettiness and bubbling personality. Miss Wolff is interested in travelling and hopes some day to become a foreign service secretary. The young journalist is one of 12 local students participating in the Independent, Press-Telegram's "IN" Session '69 story contest. The winning writer will receive a trophy. IIIIIIHIItlHIItlimillllMIMIMIlllllllllllltllltl imiiimiimiiiiHiiiiiiNiimiiiiiiiMiiiiiiiiiiiiiini wears whenever she "wants to see anything." (They're prescriptive, not merely decorative.) Peering brightly from those zippy spectacles, Miss Witt told me the history of her company. IT STARTED AS a belt and buckle factory in 1770. Later the company dropped belts and buckles -- Miss Witt wasn't quite sure why -- and switched to soap. (Many mothers fondly recall -- and still use -- such frilly soaps as Lavender, Red Roses and April Violets.) Yardley's London Look line appeared three years ago, making its debut on the face of English model Jean Shrimpton, who, according to Miss Witt, Is the most beautiful girl in the world. "All of us can't be Jean Shrimpton, of course," but every girl can be lovely if she's prettily groomed, Miss Witt said. Since well-kept hair is important for self-confidence, it is good to "take a little extra time to look a little extra." (No, Miss Witt didn't say "extra nice" or "extra pretty." Just "extra." She's quick and mod with words and often says things in an unexpected way.) A soft, smooth skin is another feature of the "look." It's necessary to give the best care possible to the complexion because teens breathe the polluted air and eat rich foods, Miss Witt said. Yardley skin products, based on an old secret touted by grandmothers, are called "Oatmeal Treats." EVEN A THOROUGHLY cleansed face can look a bit bare, though, until foundation and loose powder are added. Miss Witt underscored "loose;* powder. "Compacts -- pressed powders -- are just for touch-ups." Then -- the eyes. Eyes have been blackened, splotched and altered by teen-age girls. Miss Witt took a firm stand: eye make-up should not be used to change the shape of the eye. They are meant to accent it, to give "definition." These and a whole suitcaseful of London Girl suggestions will be presented by the pretty traveller when she appears at "IN" Session March 8 in Long Beach City College Auditorium. iiiiMiiiiiiHliiimiiiiiliiHliimimimNliiiiiiiHiiMiiiniiiiiiHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiimiiMiMiiimimniiiii INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM}-* 5 LMt UKk/ COH.. ADM.. MMCll 1. IMt Fiesta fun and fashiions Getting in the spirit for a "Fiesta of Fashion" are Mmes. Rudy Collet (left), Gerald Laurin and Tom OToole. The annual luncheon and style show benefitting Our Lady of Refuge School is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Long Beach Elks Club. The Mexican mood will be set by a musical treat from the Mariachi Band. Reservations are available from Mrs. John F. Peyton, 5630 Las Lomas St. LB. school vice-principal will become summer bride CAROL STRUNGIS A July wedding in Boston, Mass., will unite Carol Ann Strungis, vice-principal of Rogers Junior High School, and Monro C. Riker, son of Rear Adm. M. M. (USN, Ret.) and the late Mrs. Riker of Ithaca, N. Y. Miss Strungis, a graduate of Emmanuel College, Boston, received her Masters Degree from California State College at Long Beach. The bridegroom elect graduated from Cornell University. Ray Martins note 56th date Mr. and Mrs. Ray Martin were honored on their 56th wedding anniversary at a family dinner in their home, 803 Gaviota Ave. The Martins were married in Terre Haute, Ind., and have seven children. They are grandparents of 28 and great-grandparents of 32. iiiiiiuiiitinmiiimmiiiiiiiir Head Starters in step with most students By PAT MCDONNELL Staff Writer (Editor's Note: This is the second in a three-part series exploring results of Project Head Start, a preschool program for disadvantaged children in operation in Long Beach since 1965. Today's article follows through with observations of first and second grade teachers who have instructed Head Start alums.) Tall, chic Pat Meredith holds a bachelor's degree from University of Pittsburgh, received a master's degree from USC and is considered a crackerjack teacher by fellow faculty members at Roosevelt School. She expects achievement by her first graders; has ideas on how to upgrade the lot of disadvantaged children; pulls no punches in voicing her opinion of their parents. "Perhaps I expect more of minority students because I am Negro," she says. "But if I had my druthers, I'd remove most of them from their parents 24 hours a day. "The parents expect their children to get good grades, to go to college, but if it means spending time with them on their studies -- COUNT THEM OUT! "They don't push their children. They offer them no incentives, set no examples for them," said the mother-of-two. WHEN IT comes to Head Start, Mrs. Meredith believes too few parents are willing to become involved. "If they don't show an interest in what their child is accomplishing, that lack of enthusiasm is transferred to the youngster. Whatever progress a child makes should be encouraged and furthered in the home . . . it can't be developed only in the three hours he spends in a Head Start class. "My greatest objection to the program is too few children -only those from welfare families or poverty income levels -- may benefit from Head Start. "If the mother works, the child needs to be equipped with field trips, language skills and the countless learning experiences a middle-class child automatically receives." HARKING UPON her own encounters with Head Starters, Mrs. Meredith criticized the permissive approach of instructors. "The children are accustomed to so much individual treatment, they expect immediate attention in grade school. The Montessori method is great, but not when you're preparing youngsters for public school where they must function in group situations." A wide smile crossed her fine- boned countenance as she continued: "Don't get me wrong. I'm speaking frankly on how I'd improve Head Start, which, after all is the foundation on which their next 12 years in school is built. "They're getting to catch up, to find out via a doll house and furniture that the refrigerator doesn't belong in the living room; what a vacuum cleaner is used for, that most people dine together at a table. "They're learning how to communicate in other ways than a shrug of the shoulder or a gutter- al one word sound. "They're gaining a curiosity about the people, objects and occupations that make their world. Best of all, they're losing their fear of the world. "Head Start is doing an excellent job despite its limitations. However, I see another fast-growing need in Long Beach -- classes in which English is the second language. "Each year in the central area there is an increasing number of Spanish-speaking children. Many teachers at Roosevelt are bi-lingual, but we've still got to get those pre-schoolers understanding iiiiimiiiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiimmiiMiiiiHiiiimiiiiiiiiMiiiiiimimiiiii the language of their instruction or we'll have more drop-outs a few years hence." SUPPORTERS OF Head Start might well take gratification in the spontaneous comments of Roosevelt teacher Martha Wilson See HEAD START, Page B-7 ml H iiiiimimiimm imimmimimH) mini mi liiiimmiiH MARTHA WILSON Roosevelt School PAT MEREDITH Roosevelt School 'Now my second-graders speafe in complete sentences instead of single words." "Too many children are deprived of Head Start because it's limited to the very lowest income groups." mnmmmmmmHmmmiimmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mwniMflitiimimiHiitiiiiiiMumtmiitmitiiitiHiiitiim