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Friday, July 14, 2000

Vacation Bible School set

Vacation Bible School will be held Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 14, at North Temple Baptist Church, 300 N. Walnut.

Bible School will be held from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. and all children ages 3 through 6th grade are welcome to attend.

Theme will be The Fantastic _ Good News Ocean Odyssey: Diving into the Depths of God's Faithfulness.

The purpose of the special event is to have a fun-filled, spiritual adventure for boys and girls. The group will provide concentrated Bible Study and encourage real-life application.

Director for the event will be Millie Jackson.

Summer bash is big success for WTSS

The threat of rain did not prevent West Texas State School staff and their families from enjoying a day of fun in the hot West Texas sun, on June 3, as large numbers assembled at the Pyote City park for the fiesta 2000 Summer Bash. The day was filled with activities and lots of food.

Awards were presented to tenured employees as well as many others that were selected by their co-workers for special recognition. Several lucky individuals won door prizes.

Children present were especially attracted to the inflatable `jumping cage' and the dunking booth. Adults were also reportedly attracted to the dunking booth when it was learned that Assistant Superintendent Mary Taggart had become the target. Others who ran the risk of an occasional plunge were Business Manager Greg Rogers, Sabra Hill, RN, Robert Garcia, maintenance mechanic, and program administrators Frank Rios and Ayo Omoniyi.

After expressing his appreciation for the hard work that had gone into preparing for the event, Superintendent Lemuel Harrison introduced Assistant Deputy Executive Director of Juvenile Corrections Judy Briscoe as special guest speaker. Ms. Briscoe shared highlights from her TYC pilgrimage and her pleasant surprise at the large number of families present.

"TYC" has established itself as the best juvenile program in the nation," she declared, and added, "We could not do it without you."

Ms. Briscoe acknowledged the inadequacy of staff salaries but emphasized, "You really are our most valuable resource."

The rest of the day was filled with horseshoe contest, swimming, music, dancing more eating and enjoying each other's company.

The Fiesta 2000 Summer Bash was the third annual event sponsored by the Intercultural Awareness Committee as an expression of appreciation for West Texas State School employees. Plans will soon be under way for next year's activities.

Walking helps get out of rut

If your walking routine has hit a plateau don't get discouraged. Gaining a new perspective can get you back on track.

Maurice Puyau, an exercise specialist at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center says the key is to refocus.

"Everyone wants to exercise to burn calories rather than exercise because that is what our body is meant to do," he said. "Try focusing more on enjoying the walk," he said.

Whether you are a casual stroller or race walker, you will still reap the benefits of walking. It takes almost the same number of calories to walk a mile, regardless of speed. By adding an extra mile, though, a 132-pound person can burn an extra 75 calories.

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