Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 8, 1974, Page 32

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette December 8, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Will Plow ‘Corridor’ Roads MARENGO — Only “corridor” mads in Iowa county will have snow plowed on them when county crews are forc ed to work on weekends or otherwise require them to be paid overtime The new program is extremely tentative, the supervisors emphasized, and the roads actually to be plowed on the so-called “snow mutes” are still subject to some revision. However, county engineer Nord S. Sorensen said that at least at the beginning this will be primarily the farm-to-market highways in the county. This includes not only thase that are paved such as the IMT C-rnad. Black Diamond and M road to Millersburg. but also the numbered gravel mads in the county Sorensen presented the figures that show the tremendous costs to the county of snow removal. and the reason the supervisors want to stay away from as much overtime work as possible in this category. The engineer said that straight time for snow removal costs about $300 an hour from the time the snow removal begins presumably with maximum forces on the mad. He said this provides for eight road patrols and six trucks However, any time the Luther Students Will Present Dr. Seuss Stories DECORAH—A group of Lu thor college students will bring several Dr Seuss fa verities to children in area schools this week. The children's holiday production is a presentation in dance, mime and music of the Dr. Seuss stones “Green Pants*’, “The Snatches”, “Harlequin and (lift of Many Color*”, and The Monkeys” The* troupe will perform Monday at ti 30 a rn at Dor chester elementary and at I in West Elementary in Waukon, and Tuesday at East Elementary in Waukon at ti 30 and at I rn Waterville elementary On Saturday two performances will be given for the Decorah and Luther community. at IO a rn and 3 p rn. in the Storre speech and theater building adjacant to the Dike parking lot Also on that day ai I p m the troupe will give a special performance for the ( amt ar children’s Christmas party Cedar Rapids Emergency Numbers Ambulance    366-7654 F B l.    402/348 1210 Ftre    398-5343 Highway Patrol    364 5171 After Houri    363-5629 Police    398 5353 Sheriff    398-3521 Medical Society    365-2527 (lf yow hove no phytioan) Foundation ll    362-2174 (Cfi*** kelp I p rn midnight) Information, Referral 398 3955 (To toorn who can help) (Clip and carry in your batoid j 6S&&JVS&. workers get beyond 40 hours a week — and they must work their regular eight hours a day, five days a week — this hourly figure goes up by 50 percent    under the federal wage and hour law and also the secondary road department’s    recently negotiated contract with its employes Sorensen said the county crews plowed snow last Saturday, but not Sunday, finishing the job Monday in opening the roads. 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Vddttiaiul Drawrr Ka gator sa 44    I -    * * % Breat V a Craftsman V6 bunder tim ALLIANCE ManutactuHng Ca., Inc Abanet Dim44401! \ S< th* 111 AMI VK AS Pl I ll IPS I < JMKANi dill ti flu I •moat Amu** Attttw AU,Ute* ft*" Att* * TV s ti HW (.tit Otnw' SHOP AT SEARS ANI) SAVI .Sut is/act inn (i un rn n (ceti or Your \fnnr\ Hack Scars M ARS. HOF IM TS AND C.O STH HK HOI HS SUNDAY Noon to 5 p.m, MON. through FRI. 1:39 a.m.-§ p m. SATURDAY % JI a rn I H p m wan. Prirr Split pb«M* motor dt 3430 HI * XI no load mi rn im*niL » alt-d baft I Sale End Tm s. 9 P, phone rn sm FRFE PARKING I INDAI E Pl A/A ( I DAK RAPIDS, IOW *.. n, r„., w.    »...    : Center Point ' outh Learns French School s ILife Nadine Madsen and her son, Jared, are spend ing this school year in Bordeaux, France, where she is teaching English in a French school. She is the wife of the Rev. Dwayne Madsen, United Methodist minis ter at Center Point. Bv Nadine Madsen BORDEAUX, France — Communication between Bordeaux. France, and Center Point, Iowa, is difficult and limited That’s what this writer found out when I tried to send back information about my sons life as a student at a French elementary school. There is a strike* of postal workers, so mail is not being delivered, letters sent to the C S startl'd returning about a month ago The telephone and telegraph in France are in the same department as the' mail service, so information and service operators are not working, either The telephone can be used by direct-dialing only. And that s how this story arrived in the I S. — by a direct phone ('all to Center PointDespite Inflation Life goes on rn a fairly normal manner, despite inflation and shortages The French use less heat and wear more do thing in winter than most Americans Most of them have bicycles or motor bikes to save on petrol (gasoline), which is three times as expensive as in the US dared, my six-year-old son. attends a French elementary school in downtown Bordeaux Each morning, except Wf'dnes-day and Sunday when there is no school, he and I take a bus at 8 a m to get him there by 8 30 a rn French schools are similar to American schools in many wa>s. The bright rooms are pleasantly decorated with samples of the children's work. The children could be mistaken for a group entering an American school, except for their chattering in FrenchMony Differences There are differences, however, arid in some ways the schools seem much like American sc hools 2h years ago. The first person one meets in a French school is the “concierge". Her duties include welcoming the students, helping with wraps, taking lunch money, supervising the students on the playground, serving lunch, and anything else the director requests The concierge need not he a certified teacher, nor even a graduate of high school She is a mother-suhstitute to the children, and as such is an important part of the school system. The center of the school administration is “Madame la Directnce” who is much like' an old style American principalAlso a Teacher Although the school is large and the faculty requires a great deal of administration bv the director, she also teaches She is constantly on the move, and her loud, forceful voile seems to be everywhere in the halls and office's Tared attends this school because it has a class for foreign students He is the only American in a class of about 20 children from foreign countries Two Scottish brothers are the only others in the class who speak any English The teacher refuses to speak anything hut French, although she knows a hit of several other languages. The children begin arriving at the school about 8 20 a rn The school, with its front doors almost at the edge of the curb, seems tightly pressed by the tall buildings all around it. The few children who will stay at school for lunch can he readily spotted Each is clutching a piece of bread about six inches long, along with books and satchels. Bread is never wrapped in FranceGreets Children The concierge receives the lunch money from those who will stay at school for lunch. She greets most of the children by name as she sends them on to their classrooms Many French schools are still quite formal compared to American schools, especially if the director is older and the teachers are used to an oilier system. Basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic are the most important part of French education, and there is little emphasis on music, art. or athletics. The children are bused weekly to a gymnasium tor physical education, and to a swimming pool for swimming lessonsShort Recess The1 morning is broken by a short recess The noisy children spend most of the time running in the small playground The heavy shade of the trees keeps the sun from breaking through and makes the playground seem dreary. At noon, the school erupts with noisy children and teachers hurrying home for lunch About 2!) children remain at school for the lunch prepared and served by the concierge It costs the children about 81) cents a day. Lunch begins with the children finding their napkins on which they placed their bread in the morning. A tasty and well-seasoned soup of pottage is served fir"! This may he a clear potato soup or a kind of barley soup Next, they are given pate, or a meat spread, to eat on their bread A meat course of mutton, pork, or beef follows This is followed by a vegetable, sometimes cooked rn a casserole, liberally covered with melted cheese A green salad is often served to the children next Then a dessert, such as pudding, a pastry, or fresh fruitAfternoon Activities After lunch, the children are faced with filling the rest of the two-hour long lunch period with activities When weather permits, they play in the court yard. but when it is raining they must remain in the building under the watchful eye of the concierge. The classes resume at 2 p m. and last until 5pm. when •school is out for the day. There is no sc hool on Wednesday, and only until noon on Saturday. When Jared runs from his classroom to the entrance of the school where I wait for him, he is clutching something he has made that day Though the French schools are different from American schools, they are excellent in many ways There is obviously not as much money to build or equip the schools as there is in America Little is spent on things not directly tied to learning the basic skills Everything seems to he direct cd toward passing the state tests for graduation later on. But the dedicated, loving teacher is the key to good education rn France, as well as in America. Jared Madsen, six-year-old son of the Rev. and Mrs. Dwayne Madsen of Center Point, sits outside the French school he attends this year while Mrs. Madsen teaches English in a French school. Jared is quickly learning the language as his teacher speaks only French in the classroom. ;

  • Dwayne Madsen
  • Jared Madsen
  • Nadine Madsen
  • Nord S. Sorensen
  • Seuss Stories

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: December 8, 1974

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