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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 21, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 'I Can'teaches positive self-image, attitudes By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer Clarissa Garcia may be only 13 years old, but she already is getting some teaching experience this summer. She has taught the first and second graders in the ‘‘I Can” classes at the Community Service Center. All her students will graduate today in a ceremony at 7:30 p.m. at Eagles Hall and will perform some of the up-beat songs they learned in classes. “I Can” classes are based on the book “See You at the Top” by Zig Ziglar. Mamie McCollough received permission from Ziglar to develop a curriculum based on his ideas, and with Dr. Larry Linsay developed courses for all different age levels, known as Positive Life Attitudes for America. Garcia, who was in “I Can” classes four years in a row before teaching it, said in teaching she “learned a lot about kids, how to handle them, and I learned the lessons of the positive-thinking course even more as a teacher.” With the assistance of Mariana Maldonada who took the course twice before, Garcia taught two classes: one with IO first graders and one with 17 second graders. “I just passed on what I had learned,” Garcia said. “It was easy because the way it had been explained to me." The students learned to have a positive self-image, to have positive attitudes towards others, to set goals for themselves and work toward those goals through fun activities. Children learn songs and pantomime the words, color pictures and listen to stories that have these messages in them. “The kids were attentive and learned the lessons in the stories because they could all answer the questions at the end of the story,” Garcia said. She had noticed small changes in some of her pupils. One boy was easily frustrated when some project did not come out “perfect.” Sometimes he refused to participate and clowned around a lot, distracting others. As the class wore on, though he still would say things like, “This is all messed up” and “I can’t do this,” and spend some tune fussing over the mistake, eventually he would complete the project. He joined in more of the group activities, finding out some things were fun even if he was not the best at it. The young teacher figured he was afraid to fail or not excel at everything. And he picked up a lot of pressure from his parents to achieve. “A lot of what people mean to be positive ends up negative,” Garcia had figured out. “Ifs all in how you say it. lf a kid has to be perfect, or Ills parents aren't satisfied, the goal is too high and sometimes kids just won’t try. They know they can’t make it.” Clarissa's mother. Suzie Garcia also teaches “I Can” classes for kindergarten and fifth graders and recently returned from a Dallas seminar for teachers of the positive-thinking curriculum. “We also use the Christian Education Course for Children on Self-Esteem and on Human Uniqueness along with the course material provided by the ‘I Can’ model,” the mother explained said. “They work real well together.” “I came back from the seminar with so many ideas about how to get the positive attitudes to life across,” she added. "It really got me motivated. Before I was just following the plan.” This year at the Community Service Center 15 students enrolled for kindergarten,6 for first grade, 17 for second grade, 20 for third grade, 15 for fourth grade, 14 for fifth grade and ll for sixth grade. Besides the Garcias, Liz Urban and Margaret Brazel teach classes also. And the center also sponsors classes at the Bracken Methodist Church with 15 students in first through third _,rades and seven in the fourth through sixth grade. Teachers for those classes include Karma Austin, Amy Boyd and Ca Iva Rich. “Next year we will have to ask for the $10 tuition fee at registration because too many people signed up or gave their names and then did not come to the classes,” Garcia said. “We had people on waiting lists that wanted to get in the courses.” Recovery drivers are needed The Comal Unit of the American Cancer Society will be hold road to recovery training from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Senior Citizens Center. 142 Comal St. The road to recovery program is a service to cancer patients which provides transportation to and from cancer treatments. The Comal Unit is trying to recruit additional drivers to ease the burden for the New Braunfels community. Registration can be made by calling luanda Ross, Transportation chairperson, 629-1161. Weather Texas Widely scattered showers and thunderstorms were expected to have little effect on the stifling heat that continues over Texas, forecasters say. The showers and thunderstorms were being triggered today by a weak upper air trough rolling across the southern High Plains. The front extended early today from the northeast Panhandle through the Dallas-Fort Worth area into East Texas near Longview. Forecasts called for showers and thunderstorms over the Davis Mountains and the High Plains and for more scattered showers and thunderstorms over northern, central and southeastern sections of the state. Highs today were to be at or above the 100-degree mark across much of the state although readings were to remain in the 90s in some areas and to as low as near 80 along the upper Texas coast. Ixiws tonight will again be mostly in the 70s, ranging upward into the low 80s over southern and northern portions of the state. Highs Thursday will again be mostly near or slightly above the 100-degree reading. Some showers and thunderstorms were reported along the weak front early today, mostly along the Red River from north of Vernon to west of Possum Kingdom Reservoir. The rest of the state had clear to partly cloudy skies an I no rain. Early mornii g temperatures were mostly in the 70s and 80s although a few readings dropped into the 60s across the Trans-Pecos. Extremes ranged from 83 at Del Rio, Corpus Christi and Dallas to 61 at Marfa. Other early morning readings around the stale included 70 al Amarillo, 75 at Wichita Falls, 76 at Fort Worth, 78 at Waco, Austin and San Antonio, 75 at Brownsville, 74 at San Angelo, 72 at Lubbock, 74 at Midland and 68 a El Paso. Forecast North Texas- Mostly fair through Thursday with occasional showers and thunderstorms. Highs 94 to 102. Low s tonight 72 to 79. West Texas- Mostly clear all sections tonight through Thursday with isolated evening and late afternoon thunderstorms. Highs Thursday low 90s north to around 105 along the Rio Grande in the Big Bend and the upper 80s in the mountains. Lows tonight upper 60s north to the mid 70s south and the low 60s mountains. South Texas- Widely scattered evening thunderstorms Southeast Texas and upper coast. Elsewhere mostly sunny and hot days, fair and mild at night. Highs in the upper 80s to near 90 upper coast, around 105 Rio Grande plains and Edwards Plateau, 629-5066 Hvrald-Zeitung IUSPS 377 8801 lf you have not received your paper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 a.rn Sunday, call 625 9144 or 658 1900 by 7 p m and 11 a.m., respectively Published Sunday morning and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon by New Braunfels Herald Publishing Co., 186 S Casten Ave., New Braunfels, TX 78131 Second class postage paid at New Braunfels Herald Publishing Co., 186 S Casten Ave., New Braunfels, TX 78131 Dave Kramer .... Editor Gen Mgr, Susan Haire Managing Editor Claude Scruggs.......Publisher Shirlene Thornton . Office Manager Sandi Hutter Asst Adv. Mgr Cheryl Brzozowski .... Class Mgr, Don Avery . . . Circulation Manager Carol Avery . Photocomp Foreman Gus Elbel .......Press    Foreman Wanda Lasater Kaleidoscope Fd'tor David King........Sports    Editor Patricia Yznaga King .. Wire Editor Subscription Rates (Includes applicable sales tax) Carrier delivery in Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Blanco and Kendall Counties: 3 months, $10 78; 6 months, $18.82; one year, $33.64. Mail delivery outside Comal County, In Texas: 3 months $18.92; 6 months, $33 64; one year $63.08. Mail outside Texas: 6 months, $42.00; one year $70.00. Postmaster:    Send address changes to P.O. Drawer 361, New Braunfels, TX 78131. Schertz approves tax rate By SARAH DUKE Staff writer SCHERTZ - The Schertz City Council approved a decrease in the tax rate from 44 cents for $100 to 43.6 per $100 and the council approved a budget for fiscal year 1985-86 at the meeting Tuesday. “The reason our tax rate has dropped is because of increased population,” said City Manager Jimmy Gilmore. “There are more people to divide up the expenses.” Gilmore and Mayor Earl Sawyer said the city budget has increased from last year’s because the city is hiring some more employees, namely policemen, firemen and sewage workers. The city will also be purchasing new equipment. “We’re trying to improve our services rather than just aiming for a status quo," Gilmore said. I^ast year’s budget was $2,259,574 and this year’s budget is $2,4%,888. The general fund budget rose from $1,268,125 last year to $1,424,648 and the water and sewage budget rose from $991,449 last year to $1,072,240. One of the major expenses in the new budget is a plan to build additional restrooms at the city park. The park is the site of some major events during the year and the present restrooms are inadequate for crowds of more than 8,000, Gilmore said. In other business, the council voted to establish speed limits on Interstate 35 frontage roads in the city limits. The council also voted to prohibit growing vegetation in a manner that is considered a public nuisance. Seguin wants corps study SEGUIN — After much discussion, the city council voted Tuesday to send a nonbinding letter of intent to the Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Worth requesting continued stud> of the Walnut Creek drainage project. The meeting began with a statement from Rey Maldonado, president of Seguin league of United I^atin American Citizens, stating that the Seguin LU LAC has voted to support the project. The Walnut Creek area includes more than 300 homes along the creek which are in danger of flooding when the creek rises. More than 1.000 Seguin residents live in the area. “Although such flooding hasn’t happened in IO years, it is not realistic to assume flooding will not happen again,” Maldonado said. The letter to the Corps of Engineers is requesting the Corps to study what should be done to eliminate the flooding problem in the area but is not a commitment of funds to the project. "I feel that the letter is just saying that the city is interested ui tile project,” said Councilman Sam Flores, a member of the council’s Walnut Creek Project Committee. "I think the city has an obligation to the people of that area and we are shying aw ay from it." Steve Kosub, Seguin’s city at-torney. said he is concerned that the council is sending a letter of intent to the Corps but it has never expressed support of the project. The council has just supported continued study of the project. The council instructed Kosub to state in the letter that the city does not have funds budgeted for the project but the council is looking for ways to fund the project. One of the ways the council hopes to be able to afford the project is through land donations, Mayor Betty Jean Jones said. But she said no one has come to her offering to donate land to be used in the project. Flores said he is concerned because “we are providing drainage to most of the city at public expense tut not to this area ” County to address Faust Bridge Removing timbers from the Faust Street bridge is on Thursday s agenda for Comal Count) Commissioners Court In the IO a.rn. meeting on the first floor of the courthouse. Commissioner Monroe Wetz will suggest either selling the old bridge or removing timbers to keep people from using it. The ownership of the bridge has been clarified: it still belongs to the county. Commissioners recently had “No Trespassing” signs put up that the city police agreed to enforce, but people continue to use it, according to those who live near it. Many consider the bridge an un- 90s to around IOO rest of South Texas. lx)ws in the 70s, low 80s immediate coast. Port Arthur to Port O’Connor-South winds near IO knots tonight and Thursday Seas I to 3 feet. Winds and seas higher in and near widely scattered thunderstorms. Port O’Connor to Brownsville-Southeast winds IO to 15 knots tonight and Thursday. Winds locally gusty near shore during the afternoons. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Extended North Texas — A chance of thunderstorms. Highs upper 90s to around IOO. Lows in the 70s. South Texas — Partly cloudy with hot days and mild nights. Widely scattered afternoon and evening showers or thundershowers mainly northern sections. Marriage to cost more Marriage licenses will still sell for that bargain-basement price of $7.50 until Sept I. After that the price w ill go to $25 County Clerk Rosie Bosenbury announced that the price of marriage licenses would go up to $25 .starting Sept. I. But since licenses were good for 30 days, she encouraged those who plan to make their vows within safe structure. It has been closed to vehicular traffic for several y ears Also on the agenda. Dr Kenneth Ikels, a board member of the Edwards Underground Water District, will present commissioners with a water conservation proclamation for them to consider signing Also Constable Fidel Tamez of Precinct 4 will ask conumssioners for a line item transfer to move money from the mileage budget for Ins deputy to the deputy salary the 30-day limit to get their licenses at the current cheaper rate. Right now all of that $7.50 stays in the county.” Bosenbury explained. “But when the $25 goes into effect, $12.50 goes to the state for child abuse programs and $12.50 stays here." Bosenbury said her oft ice takes cash only, no checks Births Mr and Mrs Randy Berryman. 614 Bismarck. Seguin, ll lb . 4 oz girl, Aug 20. Mr. and Mrs. Mario Young. 423 Comanche, 6 lb., IG oz girl. Aug 20 THE NATURAL GAS DIFFERENCE. COMFORTABLE SAVINGS. What a difference it makes in your comfort w hen you rely on a gas water heater. Gas works taster, st* theres always an abundance of hot water. And your savings are comfortable, bx). Natural gas is the choice of the finest homes. Its less expensive and does so many things better, because its a more efficient energy source. Tile hest way to save money, while having plenty of hot water to keep your family comfortable. And remember: when you use natural gas wisely, you’re conserv ing our natural resources. Gas can beat 3 gallons of water for the same amount of primary energy it takes to heat I electrically. enIex Because you know the difference. ;