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Jan. 15, 1997

By Rosie Flores

Reading programs give students boost

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Reading can transport individuals to different times and places, can
enhance learning abilities, including memorization, and speaking skills.
All this was a part of a program held at Bessie Haynes Elementary School

The school held a special reading celebration with different activities
held pertaining to reading and its importance.

Special guests were public figures in the community and school
officials. Music was provided by the Pecos High School Band and a
special performance by the high school cheerleaders, supporting reading
was a particularly special treat to the elementary school students.

One of the first things taught in school is reading. The skills derived
from reading can benefit everyone. Its comforting to know that our
schools are doing so much to give the children access to better quality
reading material.

Through special funds the school library will be allowed to obtain more
reading material for the students.

Several students entertained the public with their reading skills.
Witty poems and short stories were a part of the agenda. Whoever said a
lot of students can't read these days should attend some of these
special programs hosted by the schools.

The programs are open to the public, so that parents as well as
interested individuals can see first-hand the work and energy these
students are putting in every day.

Computers are also becoming a big thing in school these days, giving
children an even greater opportunity to hone their literary skills.
Computer programs aimed at encouraging children to read can be found in
every school library.

This not only encourages the students to want to read more, but also
makes it fun in the process. Its a shame that the "See Dick Run" books
are no longer available. Those were certainly classics that many of us
can recall using when first learning how to read. Maybe they'll be
available on computer disks soon!

Dick, Jane and Spot became a big part of our lives growing up. Nowadays
we have Clifford and Curious George.

When your little student talks about both, neither is a classmate, but
rather popular characters in some very popular reading material.

The Magic School Bus, another popular book series, takes children
through different adventures in a yellow, magical bus.

Whatever book a student chooses to read, making it fun is the best part
of it!

EDITOR'S NOTE: Rosie Flores is an Enterprise writter and editor of
Lifestyles and Golden Years. Her column appears each Wednesday.


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TV ratings reflect interest of industry

From Barney to bare behinds, what we see on television is about to be
rated by the same people who produce the 2,000 hours of cable and
network programming flooding the airwaves and cable lines every day.

The ratings were developed by the TV industry and obviously reflect the
interests of the industry, not the viewers.

... Movie makers sometimes trim explicit scenes, if necessary, to avoid
Motion Picture Association of America ratings that would keep younger
people from buying tickets to their movies. Such self-censoring is
likely to happen with at least some TV shows.

But the ratings also could encourage even more explicit shows on the
theory that, if parents are warned to keep children from viewing,
producers of adult shows can be as sexy and violent as they want without
being irresponsible.

The bottom line is that the TV industry is looking out for itself.
Parents still have to look out for their children.

-- The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.


Internet newspaper rings home closer

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Dear Editor: My name is Robert R. White Jr., born in Monahans in 1967
and moved to Austin in 1989. I now work for Dell Computer corporation in
Austin. It is nice to find a way to keep up with the news from Monahans
on the internet.

Robert R. White Jr.

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