Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Unique project at 2 schools Are you aware that preventive social services are sponsoring a pre-school program for parents and children? This unique program is known as the Lethbridge pre-School Services Pro- ject. It is a program designed to enrich parents and children. The education of the children takes the form of group sessions five half days a week. During this time the child learns; through play; to grow and develop socially; physically; intellectually; creatively; and emotionally. The parent dimension takes the form of involve- ment in: decision making in the administrative running of the program. in group discussion sessions on problems and challenges in family living. providing both personal and material help in the happenings in the group sessions. The group sessions for the children will be operating from two school facilities. The southside location is Fleetwood- Bawden Elementary School. The northside location is Winston Churchill High School. Once known as "Head- the children involv- Third successful year for U reading program ed in the group sessions were considered "disad- vantaged." Now as "Lethbridge Pre-School Services Project" there is an integration of mentally and physically han- dicapped children with children from a neighborhood where there is a large concentration of pre-schoolers. The group sessions are for children five years old or beginning school in the fall of 1974. Handicapped children are accepted at three years of age. For further inforniddon; contact: Miss Pati Wigelsworth; co- ordinator; Lethbridge Pre School Services Project; Phone: Res. 328-3204; Bus. 328-4723. THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 7 Grad gets scholarship Expert Mrs. Gunnild Anderson of Magrath is an expert in the field of adult education. Over the past few years, .hrough hard work and determination, she has up- graded her educational standing from the Grade 10 level to advanced universi- ty status. She has attained more than 4Va years of un- iversity education, even though the sole supporter of her four children. Mrs. Janette Sheets of Picture Butte, a 1973 education graduate of the University of Lethbridge, has received a scholarship of to pursue her study of library sciences. She was presented with the scholarship at the 28th annual conference of the Canadian Library Association, held this summer in Sackville, New Brunswick. Mrs. Sheets was one of four U of L students graduating from the U of L with great distinction in May. She intends to study library science at the University of Alberta. A reading program beneficial to both teachers and students was held for the third successful year at the University of Lethbridge this summer. The program's dividends were two-fold: for teachers, improved classroom skills; for par- ticipating students, remedial aid for learning difficulties. Offered by the U of L faculty of education, the program consisted of two in-depth reading courses for teachers coupled with experience in an on- campus tutoring school designed to assist children with special learning problems. The program attracted 44 teachers and 36 students this year. The students, ranging in age from six to 15 years, were admitted to the tutor- ing situation upon the recommendation of their respective schools, depending on their poten- tial and learning needs. Students in the program had a normal or better ability, hampered by a learning problem in reading or language. Teachers attending the courses came from all parts of Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan. They were attracted by the opportuni- ty to work directly with children while studying teaching methods and theories in reading and language. During the three-week program, the teachers' courses emphasized techni- ques effective in helping students with reading and perceptual difficulties. In the tutoring setting, each student's problem was diagnosed and an in- dividual remedial program developed. The reading courses began during the summer of 1968 under the direction of U of L education professor, Dr. Dorothy Lampard. In 1971, the ad- ditional tutoring concept was introduced and has since received strong par- ticipation from teachers and students in the sur- rounding area. Much to be done United Way needs help Over the past few years many of us have become increasingly satisfied that enlightened social legisla- tion now takes care of the less fortunate the sick; the aged; the needy and the handicapped. While the truth of this cannot be questioned; our evaluation must also recognize that growing communities broaden the base of old problems and create a whole host of new ones. Over a million Canadians live in sub- standard housing almost half of our citizens who receive the old age pension need the guaranteed in- come supplement to achieve a monthly income which is less than a week's income to many. Nine per cent of our population relies upon some form of social assistance. The Lethbridge United Way; its agencies and a host of volunteers recognize the current problems in society and do something about it. They help families through the difficulties of desertion or divorce; they help the blind and the han- dicapped discover new self-respect with newly- acquired skills: they en- sure that accident victims receive free blood tran- sfusions and skilled care. Our United Way is doing a lot for this community; and they could do a lot more if every citizen faced up to his or her respon- sibilities. Lethbridge is not Utopia yet but we can bring it just a little bit closer if we all contribute generously the United Way. At a time when nothing seems to be working WE'RE WORKING Everyone knows the stories. We all recite them daily. We all know that Canada seems to have come upon curious times. People seem more self-interested than ever before. Many seem less aware of responsibility than ever before. We all can tell stories of difficulties as consumers, difficulties ranging from repair services to government bureaucracy. And we all tell stories how everything seems to be made of thin plastic. We corn- plain about traffic, dirty air, dirty water, noise fast food service, slow food service, young people, old people, smoking, drinking, drugs and a hundred other things. We say that if civilization were to end tomorrow, to be restarted in some distant mountain top after some new flood, we might not even be worth digging up. IT SEEMS AS SERIOUS AS IT CAN BE When you get to that point when you don't even think you have an archeological value there is no way to measure a day's true meaningless. But we want to ask a new question, simple enough, but vast. The question is. "Is everything as bad as we say. as bad as we How quickly the quipster fires off a But how quickly that yes denies the thruth. HOW ARE THINGS IN CANADA TODAY? If there are problems in or country, and there are problems in our country, it just isn't reasonable that there are only problems in our country. if there is-selfishness, it just isn't reasonable that everyone is selfish. If a lot of things are make of thin plastic and break, it just isn't reasonable that a whole country is made of thin plastic and will break. We think Canada, as they used to say in the old days, is made of some pretty tough stuff. It's called Canadians. And Canadians don'Lbreak easily. MAYBE THERE ARE MORE STORIES THAN YOU KNOW OF It's trite, of course, to talk about Canada and the dreams of freedom that put as all here. It's trite, of course, to talk about Canada, our Canadian way of life, our Canadian heritage, and the equality of all citizens. So we shall be trite. We shall tell you that while all these bad and curious things are going on in Canada number of them actually are go- ing while so many of us cry in despair perhaps there are hopeful things go- ing on. too. And maybe you just haven't heard about them. SOMETHINGS THAT HAPPEN TO PEOPLE IN CANADA Maybe you haven't heard about Senior Citizens Centres which are member agencies of the United where forgotten and lonely people no longer are forgotten and lonely. Maybe you haven't heard about the professional counselling services which member agencies of your United Way provide to your community so that all, in- dividuals or families, can start life over clean. Maybe you haven't heard about many of the United Way urban programs where people, irrespective of race, colour, creed and religion can get together and be them selves in the seeking of answers to problems relating to bettering their way of life. Maybe you haven't heard about the Red Cross and how they keep a family together when disaster would rip it apart. Maybe you haven't heard of the Family Service agencies that give people who have no place to turn. Maybe you haven't heard of Children's Centres, where children who are doomed to never walk learn to walk. Maybe you have never heard of the hundreds of other help- ing of other examples of how people in this country are not selfish, how they are not caught up in their own per- sonal quests, how they do care whether you live or die. IT'S PRETTY HARD TO INVENT SUCCESS We can prove they care. There's no way to make up stories like these. They must be true. They are true. Canadians work hard and help other Canadians. They give their time. They give their money. They give their emotions, their energies. No thin plastic, these Canadians. That's why we say that at a time when nothing seems to be working, we're working And, apparently, so are you. THE UNITED WAY: Thanks to you, It's working. Boy Scouts of Canada Canadian Arthritis Rheumatism Society Canadian National Institute for the Blind Canadian Paraplegic Society THE LETHBRIDGE UNITED WAY Canadian Red Cross Society Gir! Guides of Canada John Howard Society Lethbridge Family Service Lethbridge Family Y Multiple Sclerosis Society Navy League of Canada Salvation Army St. John Ambulance Victorian Order of Nurses Y. W. C. A.