Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

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QUOTE, UNQUOTE

"The fire was burning so hot that we couldn't enter the building

to get at it." -- Ware County firefighter Jeff Ellis on a fire

that damaged the largest manufactured home factory in Ware

County.

PRE-KINDERGARTEN STUDY

A Georgia State University study found that low-income children

who participated in the first year of the state's lottery-funded

pre-kindergarten program did not fare much better than their

peers by the end of first grade.

Lorene Pilcher, a professor of early childhood education,

studied a random sampling of low-income children in pre-k

1993-94, the first full year of the program. She compared them

with similar children who did not participate in the program.

At the end of kindergarten, the pre-k children surpassed their

peers on 10 measures of academic achievement, had 26 percent

fewer absences and were more likely to be promoted. But by the

end of first grade, teachers rated both groups as similar.

Pilcher said she did not think her study indicated a decline in

the benefit of pre-kindergarten, and supporters of the program

say it has improved since the first year, with more rigorous

teacher training and emphasis on school readiness.

EAST BEACH WATER OFF

Construction for Glynn County's East Beach drainage project is

under way. Because of water line conflicts, it will be necessary

to turn off the water to lower the lines.

The water on East Beach will be off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

today. For information, call Jim Bruner at the Glynn County

Public Works Department, (912) 267-5760.

YOUNG ARTISTS WANTED

The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts is accepting

applications from high school seniors or 17and 18-year-olds for

the 1998 Arts Recognition and Talent Search and U.S.

Presidential Scholar in the Arts program. …

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