Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on May 1, 1973 · Page 14
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 14

Galesburg, Illinois
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Tuesday, May 1, 1973
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14 Qolesbutg Register-Moil, Galesburg, Tuesday, May 1, 1973 Food Price Rise May Slow Down WASHINGTON (UPI) - A monthly government report which frequently gives advance warning of future trends in retail food prices shows the food price rise of recent months may begin to slow down. The Agriculture Department's mid-month report on raw farm product prices, which had recorded a 24 per cent leap in just six months and which hadn't produced a downturn in a year, showed a 1.5 per cent decline in the month ending April 15. With average prices for cattle, hogs and other livestock falling 5 per cent, the all- product index slipped back from the record-high level reached in March, but remained 32 per cent above a year earlier. Reduced prices for livestock, milk and strawberries were partly offset by higher prices for soybeans, corn, wheat, onions, lettuce and broiler chickens. Earlier, administration officials had predicted that their i anti-food inflation campaign- consisting largely of efforts to increase farm production this year—would slow the rise in retail prices this spring or summer and would bring raw farm product prices at the end of 1973 down to the levels recorded around the end of 1972. Calculations based on Agriculture Department figures showed that the farm price average, following the 1.5 per cent decline in April, were still 9 per cent above the levels of last December. One factor still clouding prospects for later in the year is the weather. Floods and rain- drenched fields have delayed corn planting and led some farm experts to fear producers will not reach the government's goal of a 6 billion bushef 1973 corn crop. A shortfall in corn production could mean higher livestock production costs and possibly slower-than-expected gains in hog and poultry supplies. Prices for beef cattle and hogs had reached record levels in mid-March but were forced down later by factors including consumer boycotts and President Nixon's order putting a ceiling on wholesale and retail meat prices. COPE Helps Give Children A Head Start (Continued From Page 2) <£Miss c \^imlaial happiness is a atform sanda 1 bnderfuLu. YOUNS SHOC fASHION* . p Take it from the top. n ntiorm Astraportm p III I ill shining crinkle patent. The up and coming platform, tall heel. Miss Wonderful sizes 4Vi to 10 $1000 got it all together. widths AA-B Naturally. BLOOM 228 E. MAIN ST. SHOES school training prepares children better for elementary school has not been proved, but three parents with 4-year- olds enrolled say they have noticed progress in their children. \ "I can tell a lot of wtte£ ence in Jeffie," said Curtis Taylor, 956 W. South St. JEFFIE, WHO has a speech impediment, has made a lot of progress, according to his father. A speech therapist at the COPE-Head Start Center has worked him, and his words are now more clear, the father said. If Jeffie had not attended the school, chances are his speech impediment would have gone uncorrected until he reached school age, because the father also has a speech problem. The mother left the family about a year ago. Taylor, 47, is just now learning to read and write. He was reared in a small Arkansas town, where he went to work in the cotton fields when he was seven. The first time he stepped inside a school was when he enrolled in the Adult Learning Center here at the age of 46. Taylor does not work, because his employer asked him to resign about five years ago after he had a lung removed. The father and his four children live in a low- income housing project on Social Security and state aid money. "I WOULDN'T trade any one of them for a million dollars," Taylor said of his children. "Raising a family is not too hard when you get used to it. But I told them I couldn't be a mother, too." One regret Taylor says he has about rearing his children is not discovering the preschool COPE-Head Start sooner. He would have liked to have sent Curtis Lee, his older boy. Jeffie can count to eight; his older brother, now in first grade, has just learned to count to 10. "And he knows his money," Taylor said of Jeffie. "When you put a quarter and a nickel in front of him, he'll take the quarter." Jeffie, asked if he liked school, reacted with a nod and a big smile. "He'll bawl if he had to miss school. It hurts his little feelings," commented Taylor. Another child enrolled in COPE-Head Start is Erma Report Purchases NEW WINDSOR - Two roasters, six tables, water pitchers, glasses and breadbaskets have been purchased for Calvary Lutheran Church's kitchen, it was reported when members of the Fern Leaf Society met here recently. The group's next meeting will be May 31 at 8 p.m. COPE-Head Start Helps Children COPE-Head Start is a Galesburg program designed to help pre-school chil- was at work recently putting together a puzzle, while the tot at right showed dren from low-income families meet the adjustment of entering regular class- how a child's imagination can wander using a magnifying stand as goggles, es. The 4-year-old boyin photo at left, asked what he liked most about the The program now has 30 children enrolled; directors are seeking funds program, replied I like to eat supper." The 4-year-old girl in center photo from the city to expand enrollment to 90. Salazar, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Praxedis Salazar, 600 E., South St. The Salazars, orig- "f /e 'd bawl if he had to miss school. It hurts his little feeh ings 99 Lecture Set The fourth in a series of trauma center lectures at St. Mary's Hospital will be held Thursday at 7 p.m in the hospital's basement classroom. Dr. R. B. Howell will discuss fractures. All professional medical personnel are invited to attend, a trauma center spokesman said. inally from Laredo, Texas, speak Spanish in their home. Erma is able to speak some English — most of it was learned at school. MARGO DEBILA, a teacher, is helping Erma and other Spanish-American children at the school to break the language barrier. "Erma is learning," said her mother in broken English. "She didn't know anything before. Now she knows how to count, her colors, and can carry on a conversation. She could not do that in English before." Erma's 3-year-old brother, Lupe, is able to speak some English too — the result, his mother says, of Erma and television. Erma's eating habits also have changed. She no longer likes her mother's Spanish cooking because, she says, it wil,l make her fat. She has become so accustomed to American food at school she asks her mother for TV dinners. Naval Unit Will Heceive Plaques Galesburg Naval Reserve Unit, 9-40S, will be honored for its first-place rating in the Ninth Naval District for small divisions for manpower proficiency and attendance in a ceremony at the Armed Forces Reserve Facility, 1881 E. Fremont St., today at 7:30 p.m. Featured speaker will be Rear Adm. William H. Longley, Aledo, who will present two plaques to the unit. A reception will follow the awards ceremony; both will be open to the public. Yea! Leslie's ALL SPECIAL WEDNESDAY ONLY Missy Dresses Sizes 8 to 20 25 OFF 149 E. MAIN ST. LAYAWAY CASH CHARGE BUDGET T Erma is anxious to go to school, and awakens about 5 a.m. to prepare for classes, which start at 9:30 a.m. Her mother tells her it is not time to dress, but her response is always something like, "Yes, come on because I am going to miss my bus." ELENA HART (a pseudonym) is from a family of four children and one parent. She, too, has advanced by attending the school her mother says. Elena was almost hyperactive, Mrs. Hart commented. Now she will sit and play school, and likes to put puzzles together. "She would never sit still long enough before," the mother'said. Elena's mother and father are divorced. Hart is in prison somewhere, but Mrs. Hart said she does not know what crime he committed. She is on welfare and said she finds it difficult to give her four children all the attention they need. Elena's older brother was a student ait the COPE-Head Start Center last year. "He was very quiet," his mother recalled. "I did not think he would adjust to school at all." She added that his kindergarten work has been fine, and that he is more intelligent than she thought he would be. THREE GRADE school principals in Galesburg also have favorable opinions of COPE-Head Start. Gerald Johnson, principal of Weston and L. T. Stone schools, says "It is a fine program." Johnson is also a member of the COPE-Head Start policy council. For many students, it is necessary to get "that extra year under their belts," said Kenneth Wolcott, principal of "They know more things than they would have known, and are able to co-_ operate in a group" Mary Allen West School. "They know more basic things than they would have known, and are able to cooperate in a group." Basically, Wolcott said, the pre-school instructors do a lot of good things for the children, but they could be better trained. Wolcott's major complaint with the program is that the center does not provide a permanent classroom. Each af­ ternoon equipment must bs stored to accommodate older children who use the Carver Community Center later in the day. "It's like a 3-ring circus that travels all over America," Wolcott commented. Because of the drudgery of moving equipment every day, there may not be as many good instruction tools as there could be, he added. "If you had to move your things from desk to desk every day, eventually you would 'try to have less to move," he commented. Harold Cunningham, principal of Cooke School, finds the program worthwhile. "It is difficult to get objective evidence for evaluation, because each child is different. But we're always pleased with any kind of supplemental education." This Paint Lives Up To Its Name! Mini-Work - Midi-Cost Maxi-Beauty! 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