NAPLES DAILY NEWS Sun., Nov. 10, 1974 Scene Section F Marco Notebook -- Page 3F By JOHN T1PP1NS County Reporter IMMOKALEE - First graders who may be headed toward a bleak educational future are being given the chance to acquire learning and reading skills through a program started, this fall at Bethune School in Immokalee. ' C a l l e d E a r l y Childhood Preventive C u r r i c u l u m (ECPC), the program is helping 50 first graders through more individualized instructions and learning aids. ECPC is patterned after a program that has been under way in Dade County schools for three years. This school year, four other Florida counties including Collier adopted the program, according to Mrs. Florence Jelks, Bethune principal. The ECPC program is funded under a U.S. Office of Education Title 111 grant. Working with the students are two certified teachers, both of whom received service training over the summer in Dade County, plus two paraprofessionals. Although there are two separate classrooms.of 25 students each, team teaching techniques are often used between the two classes. According to the listed goals of the program, the ob- Self-Concept Special Program Helps 'High Risk' 1st Graders jeclives are to i m p l e m e n t a l e a r n i n g program emphasizing pre reading areas, improve the pupil's attitude toward school and develop a positive self-concept through individualized instruction and learning activities and to implement an individualized developmental reading program. Last spring the Early Childhood Center at Pinccresl School in Immokalee selected 80 kindergarten students who, through their past school work, were considered "high risk" first graders. The students were later given several reading tests and 50 were selected for the ECPC program. The two teachers, Mrs. Shirley Hodge and Mrs. Judy Rou, say the students are progressing well under the- program. They are aided by paraprofessionals Doris: Townsend and Alice German. The classrooms look much like other first grade areas and according to the teachers, the students do most of the a c t i v i t i e s other f i r s t graders do only there emphasis on reading and individualized instruction. The main differences lie with the equipment and the teaching personnel. The ECPC students use aids such as System 80 reading machines, language masters, tapes and other tools not- available to most first graders. In addition having f u l l t i m e paraprofessionals in first grade classrooms at Belhune is u n i q u e to the ECPC program. Other classes have regular teacher aides who come in for specfic times during the week but not on a full time basis like the ECPC parprofessionals. Mrs. Jelks believes the program will be instrumental in keeping many of the students in school in later years. "If a student can't get the basics in the first grade, he is a drop out then although he will not actually leave school for seven or eight years," Mrs. Jelks commented. Pholos by Tipplns GETTING AN EARFUL Pupils in the Early Childhood Preventive Curriculum (ECPC) class at B e l h u n e School in Immokalee listen to tapes while they follow aaong in their reading books. Read. ,. ing is emphasized in the class where all students are in the first grade. PICTURE STORY - Doris Townsend, paraprofessional in one of the two ECPC classes, tells attentive pupils a story using visual aids. : G H I J K L M N U P U r O i u v w A i _ h i j k l m n o p q r s M i v w x y 7 LEARNING A NEW WORD - Mrs.Shirley Hodge, teacher of one of the ECPC classes, tells Ilie first graders about the word "an." The class features more Individualized instructors, a greater emphasis on reading and more use of learning aids such as tapes and reading masters. Mrs. Hodge reports the students are doing well in the program. HELPING HAND - Alice German, paraprofessional in the ECPC program, helps pupils with their work. Although reading is emphasized, students do all activities other first graders do and seem to enjoy the class. One advantage is fulllime paraprofessional such as Mrs. German to help assure that students receive more individualized instruction. To Meet Monday Night Civic Association Eyes Marco Island's Future By TONY WEITZEL Marco Bureau Chief Marco Island's f u t u r e , far and near, will get a searching look by members of the Marco Island Civic Association Monday night at the Marco Yacht Club. U n d e r P r e s i d e n t R a l p h Bovier's gavel will be an agenda ranging from a suggested waterway maintenance district to in-depth consideration of the n e w C o l l i e r C o u n t y c h a r t e r provisions, with a hefty list ol other items in between. Al West and Aileen l.olz will be on h a n d to e x p l a i n t h e proposed new charter and to answer questions and field objections. The membership will hear about the tremendous success of the battle against lethal yellowing that threatened the islands palm trees. Some 3,0*0 trees have been injected so far with lerramycin by a sizable crew of unpaid volunteers. "We d o n ' t , " commented John Pistor, Civic Association vice president, "want to leave any tree unprotected on Marco." June Goddard, who heads the arrangements committee for the annual dinner dance Nov. 29 at the Marco Beach Hotel, has an impressive report coming up. Her committee has lined up (he Neapolitans to provide music for dining and dancing from 8 p.m. u n t i l 1 a.m.; (he menu is built around prime rib of beef. The Civic Association's Hals- son committee conferred this week with Deltona officials on maintenance of island waterways and seawalls which are an integral'part of ihe island decor. Deltona has already announced that it intends to turn over its maintenance dredging permits for all waterways in the Marco River quadrants. Engineers have found that some dredging is necessary at waterway entrances perhaps at three-year intervals because (he rapid movement of tidal waters through the t i d a l strait called the Marco River tends to build sand bars at entry points. This is most noticeable at the entrance to the 700-foot wide Chestnut Waterway which runs alongside the yacht club. The tidewater slows as it enters the waterway and deposits silt at a paint just off the entrance so that boats leaving the waterway find Ihe II lo 12 foot centerline depth of the waterway s u d d e n l y diminishes to less than 5 feet over the sandbar outside. Cost of maintenance for the involved waterway entrances would be, Deltona engineers estimate, about $35,000 over a three-year period. Deltona has suggested that the county establish a waterway taxing district but County Commissioner Steve M i t c h e l l , who lives on Marco, has already gone on record as opposing a new taxing district without a vote ol the people. Seawall maintenance is quite another problem. Marco was e s t a b l i s h e d , u n d e r the 1865 master plan, as a "waterway community" and the hundreds of lots in the waterway sections each have from 80 to 200 feet of seawall. Cost of the seawalls was included in lot prices and in every case was credited w i t h adding a large percentage of the value of the property involved. When the f i r s t Marco seawalls were installed in 1965 and 19*6 there were no county specifications regulating their c o n s t r u c t i o n . Now there are rigid specifications set up by county ordinance and Marco seawalls constructed since then conform or exceed the county codes. D e l l o n a o f f i c i a l s c t h i s week that they are considering a three-year warranty on seawalls they install. In the near f u t u r e they plan to dist r i b u t e a book on seawall maintenance and to set up a subsidiary company to carry out seawall maintenance and repairs. Recent estimates by private contractors on seawall construction have run Irom $33 to $50 per r u n n i n g foot. On the average Marco waterway lot that would run i n t o a 55,000- plus assessment.
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