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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 20, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, February 20, 1975-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD-23 Ann Landers Dear Readers: In spite of the best efforts of the local police and federal agents, national crime rose 16 per cent in 1974 over the previous year's record. This was the largest increase in six years. It seems to me the worst tragedies are the crimes against children. Is there something parents can do to protect their youngsters from being the victims? I believe the best protection is to teach your children what to do and what not to do. Today I am printing TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN by Samuel Roen, the author of "Murder of a Little Girl." I hope all parents who read this column will dis- cuss it with their children tonight at dinner. It would be helpful, too, if teachers would clip this column and discuss it in the classroom. My thanks to Samuel Roen of Orlando, Florida, for sending it on (and notice what the first letters of each rule spells PRACTICE THE BUDDY SYSTEM: There is safety in numbers. Children should be in the company of other children or adults at all times. RAPPORT: Intimate rap- port should be developed between parents and children of all ages. Also between parents and other parents. OBSERVANT: Every child should be taught to be obser- vant of everything the un- usual, the suspicious, the strange man at the schoolyard, or playground. The strange vehicle. Children should be taught to note descriptions of parents, vehicles, license plates, and even to carry a pad and pencil so they can make accurate notes. TEACH HOME SECURITY: Make sure doors are kept locked at all times. No callers should be admitted when parents are absent. (The Boston Strangler gained ad- mittance to 13 homes without force and murdered 13 women.) No information such as "My parents aren't should be given over the phone to unknowns. An excuse such as, "My father or mother can- not come to the phone" should end the conversation. EFFECTIVE PHYSICAL ACTIONS: Every parent should instruct every child of the physical actions that can be taken in emergency situations. CO-OPERATE WITH THE POLICE: Police should be consulted immediately when any suspicious event occurs. No neighbor, relative or friend should be shielded. Obscene phone calls, Peeping Toms, exhibitionists and "offers" should be reported. TRAVEL PRECAUTIONS: Use well lighted traffic areas. Keep car doors locked and windows closed. In case of emergency, try to reach a police station, or a busy or populated area. If this is not possible, remain in your lock- ed car and hold down the horn until you attract attention and help. INSTRUCT ABOUT STRANGERS: Warn your children never to accept a gift or a ride from strangers. And tell them never to allow a stranger to get close enough so they can be snatched. ORDER SCHEDULE: Know where your children are going and ask them to phone you when they get there. If they decide to go on to another place, make sure they phone you so you'll know where they are at all times. NO HITCH-HIKING: Too often tragedy rides with the child who hitches a ride. Make it a firm, unbreakable rule NO HITCH-HIKING. HELP! ttf when... the kids are fighting your husband's griping your weight's climbing your neighbor's feuding your time is slipping your energy's draining Do you ever wonder why you bother trying. You just don't seem to be going anywhere. It's like being on a treadmill. Remember. ONLY YOU CAN DECIDE TO GET OFF. The Centre fdr Personal and Community Develop- ment provides PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT pro- grams to help you get more out of your'life. For furthar information call "It's your life... DO something for THE NEXT LIFE SKILLS COURSE is starting MONDAY, MARCH 10th LIFE SKILLS is a successful course in applied problem-solving and cop- ing skills, used APPROPRIATELY and RESPONSIBLY in the manage- ment of one's life. All inquiries WELCOME at CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION Phone 327-0100 New counsellor named at BCIC A registered nurse with experience in nursing education, public health work and family planning has been named as a counsellor at the Lethbridge Birth Control and Information Centre. Margaret Aubert, 27, replaces Janice Page who left the BCIC at the end of January to continue her studies: Ms. Aubert receiv- ed her nursing training at Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. She and her husband have lived in the Northwest for the past five.years. Until just recently, Ms. Aubert taught a nursing assistant's course at the Adult Training Vocational Centre in Fort Smith. From 1970-72, she work- ed as executive director of family planning for the en- tire N.W.T., operating from a base clinic in Yellowknife. The clinic, funded by the family plann- ing division of the depart- ment of health and welfare, was responsible for providing information and counselling to residents scattered throughout the Territories. "We didn't go into settlements unless we were asked to do says Ms. Aubert. "And our programs were tailored to meet individual communi- ty needs. Most of the time, response was good. People wanted the basic facts and information so they could make family planning decisions themselves. "I think it's a basic right of every individual to have all the facts about birth control, so he or she can MARGARETAUBERT make a wise choice suited to individual needs and situation." Ms. Aubert also worked for the federal government as a public health nurse, serving a number of small N.W.T. communities. Mother of 2 graduates from 'drop-out9 school WINNIPEG (CP) A few months ago Darlene Ashby, a 23-year-old mother of two, made a decision that has turned around her future hopes. She had to decide whether she would con- tinue driving a truck for a delicatessen, become an old lady sitting at home or enrol in a program designed to give high school dropouts a second chance. With her older son in'school and the younger one in a daycare centre, she elected to become a student at the North Main Drop In Centre. Recently she became the centre's first graduate. "In a test taken at Red River Community College, which provides the facility and teaching staff for the centre, it was de- termined it would take Darlene four months to achieve Grade 10 said Ben- jamin Chow, one of the centre's co-or- dinators. "Since each person progresses at his own rate, the harder you work the earlier you finish. Darlene is one of those hard workers and it only took her 2'A months." The classes attract 42 day and 30 evening students, most in their 20s, who attend classes six days a week in their attempts to upgrade their education to the Grade 10 level. 'The day classes cost a month and 75 per cent of the students are sponsored by Man- power and various agencies such as Student Aid and Children's Aid." At a cost of 35 cents an hour, students can take basic education classes or courses such as typing, shorthand, sewing and crocheting. "This is one of the first projects that brings a community, college's facilities right into the said'Mr. Chow. "And the response has really been good." Mrs. Ashby faced many doubtful periods during her months of learning, "but I knew it was what I really wanted." 'Parents dissatisfied with school system9 HERE'S JUST ONE OF THE GREAT BUYS YOU CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE DURING VAN'SJ74-75 CLEARANCE ELECTROHOME 1-301 4 solid state chassis TORONTO (CP Despair- ing parents who feel .their children aren't getting the op- portunity to learn in the regu- lar school stream, are flock- ing to a remedial education centre which opened here last fall. The Toronto Learning Centre was the brainchild of two special educationists, Merle Langbord Levine and Martin Kravitz. Children go there after their regular school hours for remedial classes, tutoring or homework assistance. "Parents are dissatisfied with the school said Mr. Kravitz. "They are down- right angry and feel they can't fight alone. They are hostile Community calendar Southminster Junior Girls' Choir is having an extra prac- tice at p.m. Friday in the church hall. The Mini choir is practicing at the regular time, p.m. The Minus One Club will hold a dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday in the Polish Hall. Music will be by the Bridgetown Trio. Everyone welcome. but intimidated, and don't know whom to approach." Mrs. Levine left her job as a learning disabilities teacher after approaching Mr. Kravitz about her vision of such a centre. Although he and his family were living in Kitch- ener, Ont., at the time, he too was so fascinated with the idea that he and his wife and children moved to Toronto to take part in the scheme. They have brought to the ad- visory board of the centre some of the best-known spe- cialists in Ontario in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, speech therapy, social work pediatrics, ophthalmology, recreation, neurology and al- lergy. The emphasis is on per- sonal, individual approach. Although students are in small groups, they are taught on a one-to-one basis. Students use portable en- closed desks which provide privacy when needed, but can be moved together for group instruction. The resources room has audio-visual aids, such as con- trol reading machines am tape recorders. Parents and children are given insight into how chil- dren learn. Remedial and development work is done in commu- nication (oral and written) mathematics, study skills anc homework assistance. Both Mrs. Levine and Mr. Kravitz are voluble anc after you see your doctor IF YOU WANT A PRECISION HAIR CUT With the long look... is becoming our Kina cut technique (Reg. mirk) Won highest total score in International hairstyling competition in Europe. HIS HERS INTERNATIONAL HAIRSTYLING 2185th Street South Open Thurt. and Fri. until p.m. Call 327-0150 knowledgeable about what has gone wrong and what damages lie ahead. "I've never seen such a thing as a lazy kid where learning is said Mr. Kravitz. "I'm talking about kids who are bright enough to learn, but are not doing so. "There can be any number of reasons. They may have been sick, and dropped behind. Or slow maturing. 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