April 1998

Adult Resource Center News

Making a Difference

**This was taken from Curtis and Associates Workshop curriculum.

One day a man was walking along the seashore. He noticed that during the night many seashells and starfish had washed up on the shore. Thoroughly enjoying the morning sun and cool sea air, the man strolled for miles along the sand.
Far off in the distance, he saw a small figure dancing. The man was joyous that someone was celebrating life in such a grand and uninhibited manner. As he drew closer, however, it became apparent that perhaps the figure was not dancing, but repeatedly performing some ritual.
Approaching the small figure, the man noticed it was a small child. The girl was methodically picking up starfish from the shore and tossing them back into the surf. The man paused for a moment, puzzled , then asked, "Why are you throwing those starfish?"
"If I leave these starfish on the beach", she replied, the sun will dry them and they will die. So I'm throwing them back into the ocean because I want them to live."
The man was pensive for an instant, impressed with the child's thoughtfulness. Then he motioned up and down the miles of the beach and said,"There must be millions of starfish along here! How can you possibly expect to make a difference?"
The young girl pondered the man's words for a moment, then she slowly leaned over, reached down , and carefully
picked up another starfish from the sand. Arching back, she tossed the starfish gently into the surf.
She turned to the man and smiled. "You may be right", she said, "but I made a difference for that one!"

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Pen Pals Wanted
More than 10,000 young people and adults in the former Soviet Union would like to be pen pals with American students.
The pen pals range in age from 8-9 years to adults in their 40's and 50's. The majority of the pen pals are in their teens or college age. Many are students of U.S. Peace Corps volunteers who are serving as English teachers, and about 90 percent can correspond in English.
Pen pals are matched on the basis of age, gender, and common language, and correspond by postal mail only, not e-mail. Right now, very few secondary schools in the former Soviet Union are connected to the Internet and computers in the home are rare. If you're interested in participating in this pen pal program, please talk to Kathy or Linda in the Resource Center.

**This was taken from the US Basics Bulletin.

Did You Know?????

  • Coca-Cola was originally green?
  • Each day more money is printed for the game Monopoly than for the U.S. Treasury?

Parents' Internet Guide Online

The Department's new Parents' Guide to the Internet is available free at http://www.ed.gov/ The guide helps parents regardless of technical know- how on the online world as an important educational tool. It suggests how parents can allow children to tap the Internet while safeguarding them from potential hazards.

**This was taken from the Ohio Association for Adult and Continuing Education(OAACE) NEWS and VIEWS.

Optional GED Testing Site:

For those people who can not take the GED test on the scheduled days at the Coshocton High School, the following is a list of dates through December 1998 when the GED test is given at Licking Co. Joint Vocational School in Newark, OH.

Anybody needing any additional information may speak to Kathy or Linda in the Resource Center. See page 2 for specific dates of testing.


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