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THE ATLAYTA CONSTITUTION. Sept. 13. 1983 Harris is the first caller for Guideposts service has 4 million subscribers. About 61,000 of those subscribers live in the Atlanta area.

Lawley said Harris is the first governor ever to kick off one of the Guideposts message services, which are located in 15' cities. "Harris is viewed by the entire community as a very devoted Christian," Law-ley said, explaining why the goveroof was asked to launch the service. "Our goal is that (the servicer will help people have a more positive view and encourage them to be more productive and lead more faith-filled lives. 2, The Atlanta service, sponsored by the Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, will consist of four phone lines that will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Harris said his Cartersville business used to sponsor the magazine Guideposts for Bartow County school teachers.

By Cella W. Dogger SMI WrMr Seeking inspiration after a week-long vacation on St Simons Island, a tan and rested Gov. Joe Frank Harris sat behind his marble-topped desk Monday morning listening intently to the recorded voice of Norman Vincent Peale on the telephone. Harris' call launched a new round-the-clock phone service available to the Atlanta area, "Dial Guideposts for Inspiration." As of Monday, anyone who dials 427-3377 will hear a brief message from positive thinker Norman Vincent Peale or his wife Ruth Stafford Peale. The message is designed to be "an inspiring spirit-lifter," said Chuck Lawley, director of Outreach Ministries of Guide-posts Associates.

Guideposts is Peale's monthly non-sectarian magazine, which I i i ii i NONA BOYDStaH culture gram, which included award presentations, color guard formations and more entertainment to highlight the road to Hispanic unity el camino a la uidad Hispana. Shirley Mills (left) dances with her Panamaiian Folkloric Group during opening ceremonies for Hispanic Heritage Week at the Richard Russell Monday. Commodore Diego Hernandez, commander, of VS. forces in the Caribbean, was the keynote speaker daring the pro Steele Group asks probe of jobs program You're the guest of honor at our Charles of the Ritz beauty clinic Downtown on Sept. 27 Lenox on Sept.

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He also makes it a point to keep tabs on his students. When students do well in class, he calls parents to inform them of their child's achievements. "This way," he says, "parents are willing to hear the bad things about their children because they hear the good things from us, too." He says people often ask him where he gets his motivation, his energy and even some of his instructional ideas. Originally a band instructor when the school was the all-black Douglas County Junior High School, he worked under the philosophy of his father. "My daddy said the job does not give dignity to the man, the man gives dignity to the job." It also is because of his father, Rollie Dee Steele that Steele bestows letters of positive reinforcement and recognition on everyone in his "My daddy was a custodian in a and my mother was a maid," he says of his parents, who live in his hometown of Pritchard, Ala.

"My father wanted me to be a schoolteacher because as a custodian he was looked down upon by the people he worked for. Teachers were looked up to, so that's what he wanted his children to be." His father's dream came true. Steele's three brothers and a sister are also educators. 1 Continued From Page 10-A quires him to jump up and click his heels while his hand is over his forehead in the military salute position. It may sound a bit unusual, but the teachers and kids apparently love him for it According to Sanders, administrators from Georgia and from other states have taken a look at Stewart to divine the secret of its success.

Steele was recently recognized as the Outstanding Middle School Principal by the Georgia Board of Education, and was chosen Administrator of the Year by the West Georgia Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa and the 7th District of the Georgia School Counselors Association. For all the awards, he is an unassuming man. At 5 feet 4 inches tall, he is shorter than many of his students. And he insists he is not hiding any se- crets. "t.t( He says his key to success is that he tries to 'rfnake everyone, from the custodian to the assistant principal, feel like someone special and essential to the school's progress.

"I try to instill a belief where everyone feels r.they belong, are worthwhile and competent" he says. "We are family," he adds, noting that during 'the first week of school the song of the same name by Sister Sledge is broadcast through the halls to reinforce that idea with the students. His family plan is more environmental than instructional. He says that his school may be the rnost popular one in the school system, but his school cannot boast the highest achievement A group calling itself Citizens to Fight Corruption in Government called Monday for an investigation of Atlanta's summer job programs for young people. Corine' Brown, chairwoman of the group, called for "an open public Investigation into every youth who received a job as a result of some elected official's recommendation of them and every youth who received a summer job without having a proper interview or going through the same procedure that poor youths were subjected to." The group's call was prompted by reports in The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution that as many as 82 city-funded jobs for locker attendants and camp counselors were filled last summer by applicants who did not take any tests or go through a formal interview process.

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