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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 9

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II ft mm r - .... t FOB OMEiV Li Palm BeachPost, Friday, November 1, 1368 S 77ie Smart Set Mexico Up Too High For Duchess mtMM war i K i it it Li ivy (Qja. Al WELCOME FROM BOBO Though he seems a bit preoccupied, three-year-old Bobo is giving Congressman Paul Rogers a welcome to his "school". Assisting with the preliminary greeting is Mrs. Sally Coston, director and founder of the kindergarten program. HONORED GUESTS, SURPRISE GIFT - While Congressman Paul Rogers looks on, Mrs. Sally Coston receives good wishes and two generous checks from the Most Rev. Coleman F. Carroll, Archbishop of the Diocese, of Miami for the Boynton Beach Child Care Center of which she is 'director. A program and presentation were held Wednesday at the Center. Here's Person Who's Doing Plenty For Children Stricken With Poverty the center can be growth in Itself for many of these little fellows. A special trip to the beach for a picnic provided some of them with their first view of the ocean. "A summer headstart program is not enough time for children like this," says Mrs. Coston. And so she continues to work with the 9 to 11:3a a.m. program, and press toward the day when the Child Care Center can have Its own building completed, on N.E. 9th Ave., property provided by the city. Construction was stopped for lack of funds. In the meantime, she Is working toward her master's degree in education at Florida Atlantic University, studying In the afternoons and attending classes at night. What can one woman do? A lot depends on what she sees. Mrs. Coston sees 40 to 60 young faces during the year, each looking to her for answers to questions, for direction, for a word of comfort or a just ruling In a squabble. "We commend the children for what they can do, and they are proud to look their best at school," she says with obvious affection. She has bought some of their clothes herself. Interiors provided 60 plastic pillows for the children to sit on. The floor was their desk. Later Butler Bros. Hardware gave the center four wooden plcnlc-type tables with attached seats, which are still in use. A big help has come from the student volunteers on Wednesdays. Students from the Catholic Seminary and from Florida Atlantic University assist with the program, play with the children and give them Individual attention. They help with singing and marching exercises. "We have seen remarkable results,", states Mrs. Coston. She pointed to a passing child. "He has been at the center only two days and already we can see a change." Every activity Is aimed at helping the child to grow and be prepared for his first-grade experience. Learning to communicate, to take instructions, to recognize numbers and colors, to handle crayons and paper, these are new challenges to many of these children, says the director. "Some come from homes where there Is not a book or a pencil." The parents are too busy or too tired to spend time with the children, so these youngsters are left pretty much to themselves. Engaging In small conversations at By SELVA RORABOUGH Staff Writer But there is so much to be done . . . what can just one woman do? Meet Mrs. Sally Coston, founder-director of the Boynton Beach Child Care Center, and you will find out. Mrs. Coston would name a dozen people without whom she could not have started the children's program. Many of them, along with the other teachers and aids and a roomful of excited pre-schoolers gathered Wednesday for an occasion to recognize the Child Care Center's work and to witness the presentation of a gift from the Most Rev. Coleman F. Carroll, archbishop of the Diocese of Miami. Congressman Paul Rogers was also present for the event, shook hands with some little 1986 voters, and watched the children's performance. He commended "Sally and her staff" declaring, "We can see here the results of giving love and care to young children." He added, "We are sorry that no funds have come yet from O.E.O. (Office of Economic Opportunity)." That is what the staff, the board of directors, and Interested Boynton Beach citizens are still hoping for. The little pre-school was started with funds and supplies provided Id learning, she explains. If a child rejects learning at this age, he will never recover. Knowing of the under-privileged community in northwest Boynton Beach Mrs. Coston, mother of three grown children, ilecided to do what she could. She Vent to Lake Lytal, a County iCommlssioner at that time, aid asked him to help her find a building for this experiment. He was Interested and requested the Rev. Mr. Randolph Lee, a pastor In the area, to find a building. Mr. Lee got permission to use the Wilson Recreation Center in the mornings. The Rev. Mr. Naaman Grubbs has also been of much help. . Expecting a dozen children, Mrs. Coston, with the help of Mrs. Arlthla Marshall, started the classes In Feb. 1965 without tables, chairs or equipment, depending on songs, games, paper and crayons, which she provided. Within a week there were 50 youngsters coming "some without shoes, not knowing their own names, hardly able to talk." Mrs. Lena Rahming joined the staff. Mrs. Marge Carewe volunteered her services. A plea for more help brought other volunteers, donations of toys, books, and the provision of a fence for the playground area. Rayslde's by Mrs. Coston. It has continued with the help of church and civic and social organizations, and the help of the Roman Catholic Church, of which Mrs. Coston is a member, but she adds, "This is not a church program." "We can give 'seed money," states Bishop Carroll. His gift presentation Wednesday looked like more than seed to the dedicated Child Care Center workers. A check for $5000 was expected. The Archbishop Instead presented a check for $3000 for the work of the center . . . then surprised the group by presenting another check for $5000 toward the completion of the new building for the Day Care Center. It was a big boost of encouragement. Presently the children meet In the Wilson Recreation Center at the end of 13th Ave. N.W. In the afternoons the recreation program takes over and the children's kindergarten has to move out. A place Is needed which can be designed lor the children, and which can be open all day, since these are children of working mothers. Mrs. Coston got the idea for the Child Care Center when viewing a television program emphasizing the Importance of proper training for children In the three-to-five age bracket. These are the years of rap- BySUZY Mrs. Ogden Phipps took a house in Cuernavaca for the Olympic Games and gathered together her scattered offspring the Nelson Doubledays from Locust Valley, L.I., the Peter (Lilly) Pulitzers from Palm Beach, Cynthia Phipps from New York, and from Miami, son Dinny Phipps and his butler. Some people say Dinny never goes anywhere without his butler and why should he? A good man these days is harder than ever to find. The kiddies had an absolute ball in Mexico, but Mrs. Phipps occasionally dubbed the closest thing we have to an American duchess by the eagle-eyed fashion press, had to leave them all behind because the altitude was just too high up there. Speaking of fashion, Lilly Pulitzer, creator of the wildly successful status symbol, the Lilly dress, has given a few fashion pointers to her cousin, Mrs. Philip Ives, the former Maud Symington, who is opening a Palm Beach branch of Paraphernalia with all its swinging glad-rag madness in a couple of days. Maud, a perfect mannequin for her own merchandise, is the ex-daughter-in-law of Newport's James Van Alen and the ex-granddaughter-in-law of the late financier William C. Lang-ley. Oh, do sock it to 'em, Maud, won't you? Christina Onassis, 18-year-old daughter of the bridegroom of the century, has definitely started work in New York in one of daddy's tanker companies. And she's moved from the Pierre to the Regency heavily chaperoned, of course. Crown Prince Harald of Norway and his winsome bride, former commoner Sonja Haraldson, spent Just one night in New York, incognito and tucked away at the Plaza. They left for Norway yesterday. Both were tanned and terribly happy, having just come from Honolulu, which some people will tell you is the perfect honeymoon spot whether you're married or not it seems. The Duchess of Windsor, who loves parties and, fun was so sorry to have missed the fabulous balls given in Portugal last summer. (The Windsors canceled because of the death of the duke's sister-in-law, Princess Marina of Kent). So now it looks as though Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Schlumberger will give a small dinner-dance at their beautiful Quinta do Vinagre for the Windsors in either June or September. Plans will be finalized in January when the four meet in Paris. The Wally F. Galleries did its thing for Alejo Vidal-Quadras, the Spanish portrait painter. The occasion complete with champagne and caviar, was a special showing of Alejo's recent portraits like those of Mrs. Theodore Bassett, Mrs. Thomas Kempner, Guilford Dudley Jr., and Mrs. Frank McMahon. The gathering also honored Mrs. John R. McLean of Palm Beach and New York, chairman of the upcoming Bal de l'Amitie, the new name for the old April in Paris bash. In the crowd were Baron and Baroness Heinrich Thyssen-Borne-misza, or the German millions and the art collection, here from Switzerland; the beautiful Mrs. Stanley Donen, here from London; Mrs. S. Joseph Tankoos Jr., in a black Giv-enchy with a sleeveless ermine jacket; Mr. and Mrs. Theo Rouba-nis (nee Lady Sarah Spencer-Churchill, daughter of the Duke of Marlborough); Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Schlumberger, Count and Countess Kurt Reventlow, who drove down in the Rolls from the country place in Litchfield, Conn., Mrs. Edward F. Hutton in black lace, Mrs. William C. Langley in a flowing green cape, and Mrs. David Muss in green velvet pants. Also Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Bro-kaw 3d, Mrs. Arthur R. Karof, director of the galleries, in a black lace Dior and her pink tourmalines, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Newhouse, Mr. and Mrs. John H. G. Pell and Mr. and Mrs. Edward R. Downe Jr., who bought Anne McDonnell Ford's duplex Fifth Ave. apartment. Mrs. McLean wore brown chiffon with a feathered hem and Mrs. Stephen Sanford wore a Pauline Trigere creation that was short up front and long in the bark. As for the fellows mercy me. X s 1 'Li 41 "J ' '"fit u v. v i r,,. kZ . ;n v v. 1 i A - - , It .W . . . flam' in I v:iM' -IHiiMHiiaMMBntoi FRIENDS COME TO HELP Mrs. Sally Coston is grateful for the help of seminarian Owen Henderson and other student volunteers who work and play with the children once a week. Owen holds Lorenzo who loves piggy-back rides around the playground. LOVE AND GUIDANCE That's what Mrs. Coston wants the children to have at the Boynton Beach Child Care Center. They are eager to learn and respond well to the new experiences that "going to school" offers them even though "school" has to be in the recreation center until their own building is finished. Zsa-Zsa Upstages A Leading Couturier's Scene The Rotschild family is a small dynasty of fashion she followed her mother and father in the Business. In 1949, the establishment, in the heart of Budapest's shopping district, became stateown-ed. Now, all production is done right in the salons, where some 120 workers are employed making clothes that retail from $200 to $600. Twice a year she goes to Paris to see the collections and buy fabrics; she uses French fabrics almost exclusively. Why Paris? "Because I get ideas for new trends," she said. "The French are a much stronger Influence with us ... our tastes are nearer. Even your United States fashions are oriented toward Paris." It was, she said, her first trip to her homeland in 30 years. She'd been to Paris along the way, and she was going to be on stage in London. "One of the reasons I'm back is because I want Klara to do my wardrobe. She does the most exquisite things, darling." "I'm through with the French," said Miss Gabor, who once was a Dior customer. She didn't make it quite clear why she and the French were finis. She had with her some costumes with U.S. labels Galanos of California, Bill Blass of New York among them that she was having Mrs. Rotschild repeat in other fabrics. By GAY PAULEY BUDAPEST (UPI) It was supposed to be an Interview with Klara Rotschild, the leading courturier of Eastern Europe. But with Zsa Zsa Gabor on the scene, the quiet, gray-haired fashion designer was up against tough competition. Zsa Zsa's never been the type to let others have center stage. "I Interpret for you, darling," Miss Gabor kept interrupting, as she also tried on clothes. We already had one interpreter, Ilona Gazdag, the UPI correspondent in Hungary's capital. But the volatile blonde actress who left Hungary while still in her teens wasn't giving up a new role so easily.

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