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PAGE 4 THE BORAH SENATOR, BOISE, IDAHO I DECEMBER 7, 1970 "THE GOLDEN GOOSE," Borah's prize winning entry in the Christmas Fairyland parade, as shown on parade route. The float was created by the Art Float is awarded theme prize Borah's Art and Faith float won the theme prize in the annual Christmas Fairyland parade, Nov. 21. 1'he theme this year was Grimm's Fairy Tales, and Borah's presentation of "The Golden Goose" best expressed the idea. The award was a $50 check, and a trophy. and Faith clubs and was the only high school entry. (photo by Dan Murphy) The float was the only one entered by a high school. "1 thought it was really great for a group of teenagers," boasted art student Karen Pinaire, who worked on it. "It was fun to make, and to me it was more colorful than the rest." The float was preceded and followed by Pep Clubbers dressed in old clothes to represent the peasants in the Retarded receive vocational training Fund. Volunteer workers pro- vide most of the personnel. Mrs. Don Lowry, coordinator for the Day Care Center suggested, "Some school clubs have offered their services, and this would be an especially worthwhile project. Teen-age volunteers are most welcome." Teacher is qualified Many things are learned at the center. There is a school room with a qualified teacher, where educational basics are taught. A small adjoining room with two-way mirrors allows parents to watch their child without his knowledge. The M.R.'s, or mentally retarded, respond enthusi- astically to music, according to Mrs. Lowry. Besides a record player, a piano is used for music appreciation. Television plays an important part in teaching. A favorite show is "Sesame Street," in which the students actively participate. "Sesame Street" teaches the alphabet, number system and even manners, using catchy tunes and appealing characters with enough repetition that the viewers easily retain information - while having fun. Arts are important alp Austead Used Cars 6510 Fairview Boise, Idaho 83?04 Academic training is a small part of their curriculum. Arts and handcrafts are important. Within the shop room, the retarded learn to coordinate their hands sawing and hammer- ing. They make balance beams and other learning aids for the Headstart Program. Items such as candies, kites glass grapes and lampshades are made to be sold. The money received is given in the form of a salary to individual craftsmen. The girls learn sewing and ironing. Projects include mittens, hot pads, pillows and, as a class project, piecing and quilting a quilt. These items, like those in the shop room, are on sale to the public at the Day Care Center from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays. M.R.'s make lunch Particularly interesting to the visitor is the kitchen, because the M.R.'s take turns making lunch for the group. A menu has been prepared earlier, and assignments made for setting the table and other kitchen duties. Ronny, who is a 27 year old, has a special talent for cooking, and is head chef. , When the meal is ready, everyone sits down at the table family style. Place cards are used for the psychological value in training the retarded to read and think. Jobs are assigned A chart assigns various clean-up jobs such as drying dishes and cleaning chalk boards, floors and bathrooms. Each person finds his name and carries through with the job assigned. This takes care of all janitor work and no one has to be hired. Older boys do all the irrigating and yard work. Each receives $50 a month for this service. Mrs. Lowry told of one particularly handicapped boy who warmed the hearts of For All Your Insurance Needs See George Williams or 'I.D. "Brid" Bridwel at the ALPINE CENTER Suite 205 10 South Latah 345-4123 everyone at the Center by saving enough from his wages to buy his own color TV. Children ages 2 to 6 have a special little house in the back yard where they color pictures and play with toys for a few hours each day. One of the problems facing the Day Care Center is lack of funds for children needing psychiatric help. Kellie, who has an IQ of 90, is really capable of attending a regular school if his psychiatric problems could be solved. When asked what lies ahead for the children at the Day Care Center, Mrs. Lowry replied, "Although these M.R.'s will never be able to support themselves completely, with the training received at the Center they will be able to take care of their normal physical needs." Finally Mrs. Lowry offered this advice to students and adults: "Accept the mentally retarded, try to understand them and help them fit into society." by Paula Wheelwright It looks like a simple family home with swings and a slide in the back yard. But on closer investigation, this avocado- colored house proves to be the "Day Care Training Center for Mentally Retarded," and what goes on inside is by no means simple. Within this building are approximately 30 trainable mentally retarded individuals. They range from the age of 6 up to the age of 30, although actually there are no maximum age limits IQ is 30 These people have an IQ score of 30 or less, and for this reason they cannot be taught in the public schools. They can learn arts and crafts however, which will help them later in life. As a matter of fact, the goal of this training center is to help the mentally retarded adjust to society and visualize a purpose for their lives. Funding for the center comes from individual donations, rum- mage sales and from the United sku,00 Open Mon.-Thurs.-Fri. 'till 9 p.m. UN-COLLEGE Are you looking for an alternative to traditional education? GODDARD asks you to plan your own living /earning experiences and to work independently Interested? Write: D. A. McConnell Admizzion= Office Goddard College Plainfield, Vt. 06667 "Golden Goose." John Mumford and Laura Conner rode on top of the float. The forty foot float, done by the Art and Faith Clubs, was describe(] tL sophomore Teresa Oltman as being "awfully big." "l liked the movement," she added. The "Golden Goose" was one of the first floats in the parade. The goose's large body and colorful surroundings "seemed to arouse the interest of the Boise children and parade watchers," sophomore Barb Odziemock observed. R.S.V.P. finds students work The French expression "Re- pondez, s'il vous plait," is familiar to nearly every party- goer. Since last March, R.S.V.P. has had an entirely different meaning to over 80 students in the Boise school system. Rotary's Student Vocation Program is designed to give students a firsthand look at what his chosen field is all about, according to Leon Scott, director of the program. The Rotary Club is an international service organiza- tion consisting of experts in a large variety of professional fields. Through the R.S.V.P. program many of these business- men, professionals and govern- ment employees have made their time available to students for career discussions. Although the program is not designed to be a job placement service, it provides an excellent opportunity for students to receive occupational counseling in the fields in which they are interested. Further information concern- ing the R.S.V.P. program is available from counselors. TOYS] LAYAWAY ] State Hdwe. ] -For all your needs- Cosmetics Faberge Revlon Max Factor Shulton Lanvin CoW Hallmark Cards Gifts Drugs School Supplies Casper's Vista Pharmacy OPEN: 9-11 Weekdays 6-9 Sundays 800 Vista Ave.