Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on July 17, 1974 · Page 30
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 30

Ukiah, California
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Wednesday, July 17, 1974
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A-6—Ukiah Daily Journal Wednesday, July 17, 1974 A break for migrant kids ATLANTA (UPI) — His father and mother are migrant workers. Every six months or so, the family packs up to follow the harvest of tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelons and tobacco in South Georgia. Ten-year-old Robert, one of seven children, enrolls in the fifth grade in Thomasville, a quiet tobacco town near the Florida line. It is mid-March. By his second day at school, Robert's teacher knows he has a way with numbers, difficulty reading either English or Spanish, and a 20 per cent hearing loss in his left ear, probably due to.measles when he was 6. . Two years ago it is likely that school people would not have had a fraction of this information, and by the time the pieces were put together Robert would have been on his Way to a new town r another school and another set of academic obstacles. Robert is among some 900,000 migrant children in the United States getting help through the Migrant Student Record Transfer System, a modern computer system that forwards medical and education records whenever the children move. Susie Underwood, director of the migrant education program in Georgia, was one of six state directors who in 1957 conceived the idea for an information network that could be utilized by all the states. The program, funded by the federal government, was begun experimentally in 1968 from a computer in Little Rock, Ark. Today, more than 8,000 school districts can get computerized scholastic and medical histories of more than 400,000 migrant children. "The problem of educating migrant children is quite complex," said Winford Miller, the system's administrator, "when you consider that they change school as often as five times a year,. suffer an unusually high incidence of disease and their yearly family income averages from $1,300 to a rare peak of $3,600." Maxwell Dyer, the system's coordinator, said schools along the country's three main migrant streams often lack adequate records for these children. "Teachers and administrators have no way of knowing what subjects had been studied and what grade levels were achieved. Equally important, health records are often incomplete or nonexistent. And when the migrant child's TREADMILL DE SOTO, El. (UPI) — "I'm trembling all over," said a 375- pound truck driver as he climbed out of a strip mining pit Sunday afternoon and claimed a world record for treading water —26 hours and 3 minutes. Pete Bahn, 28, completed the feat as several dozen spectators looked on. The Guiness Book of Records lists the previous record for continuously treading water at 24 hours and 15 minutes. native language .is Spanish — something like 75 per, cent of migrant children come from non-English speaking families —you can imagine the problems teachers and doctors have been up against." Miss . Underwood said the system is having a dramatic impact on the dropout rate among migrant children. Analysis of data from MSRTS shows that more children are now staying in school longer (the sixth grade was the typical dropout point), many more are making it to high school and some even graduate. "This system is having the biggest impact on migrant education of anything in recent years," she said. "I think someday it may even be used for all educational needs and not just migrant education. It's a very good idea," really." STREAKING has gone continental! Originating on college campuses in the United States, streaking is now titillating Europe where British rock band WiUie Flasher and the Raincoats" has released a song. "Everybody Wants to be aStreaker. The band's members however won't divulge their identities despite the Fact they obviously have little to hide. SMOCKS-BLOUSES T-TOPS BODY SHIRTS Reg. '7"° & »8 40 NOW «—I u . k > ' i p \ 100 PCTV POLYESTER : ; — MIDSUMMER PANTS CLEARANCE Reg. $7.00 SPORTSWEAR ' *C99 Vs T0V2 NOW %Jj OFF Reg. 59c & 69c KNEE HI HOSE Reg. 89c PANTY HOSE Reg. 59c & 69c PANTIES NOW 3/*l 00 NOW2/*1 00 NOw2/*l 00 nita MONDAY THRU! SATURDAY I 9:30-5:30 p.m. 1 JBANKAMERICMD THURSDAY 9:30-9:00 p.m. CLOSED SUNDAY 290 SO. SCHOOL ST, DOWNTOWN UKIAH ^ pi-, 5? PH. 462-8846 ®& if

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