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Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues, September 18-21, 2004 The Park Record B-8 Kids help hurricane victims in Sunshine State (luslufson. "To Florida." chimes in Luke Marcouiller, also 4. "For who?" Meeks asks. "For the people that don't have homes," replies Porter Hellender, also 4. "These things By JARED WHITLEY will help them out." Of the Record stuff The preschool teachers don't want to show the kids disturbing The , preschoolers al Julie's news images of tornado damage. Little Noniuses near Kimhall but they still want "to help them Junction arc helping hurricane realize there are kids who really victims in Florida, even if they need this," teacher Darlene don't realize it. Sirianni says. Julid Meeks. head of the "Will a hurricane hit us?" asks school.! decided to help Sirianni. Floricliijns after watching news "No!" Joe Worthington, 4, I'ootagJ of hurricanes Charley. replies gladly. Frances, and Ivan rip through Joe says he saw footage of the the Suiishinc State. hurricane on television. "It was She iind her preschoolers are like this big, huge tornado! It assembling >() hygiene packets was like this big!" he exclaimed, with i< wo Is. soap, toothpaste. holding his hand as high above toothbrushes, and oilier items. his head as he could. Meeks will send the packets via While the 3 and 4 year olds LDS Humanitarian Services were enthusiastic about making within tliie week. The [children quickly grasped the kits (for about 20 minutes. how many combs and bars of then they wanted to play), soap each packet needed, but not Meeks could probably assemble the packets faster without the exactly >vhat they were for. children's help. "I think (they understand) as "We could do it faster by ourmuch as kids understand." selves. It's not a matter of effiMeeks said. "They understand ciency to have the kids do it," that storms have come in and Meeks said. "Our goal is just to people are without their homes." have them learn empathy and "What are we doing?" Meeks service and hopefully to appreciasks the children. ate what we have here in this "We're doing these bags," area." answer 4-vear-old Mark Luke Marcouiller, 4, helps assemble a hygiene packet for hurricane victims in Florida. Julie's preschoolers assemble hygiene packets for Florida GRAYSON WEST/PARK RECORD Mountainland College offers students range of practical skills at Salt Lake Community College, and interprets for the deaf on the side. "So there are some skills that they leave here with," Grcer said. "That's the goal of the MATC." ASL students also learn about By JARED WHITLEY deaf culture and history, discussing matters like the controversial Of the Record staff cochlear implants. While students aren't supposed "In every language class, you go to talk/during class, in Burlenc through culture and history," Greer Grcor's class, they really aren't sup- said. posed to talk. Sign language is one of the four Greer leaches American Sign MATC classes offered at Park City Language at Park City High School High School, the others are law through the state-sponsored enforcement, information technolMountainland Applied Technology ogy, and exercise science. College, which leaches technical 'ITie Park City Learning Center skills to students. was slated for a medical assisting "It's supposed to be something class, but only four people signed they cm. leave school and get a job up, so it was canceled. If there's with." (-reer said. increased interest, MATC might A iV.nier student of hers is in try to start the class al the semester the Interpreter Training Program break, according to Robert Brems, Applied tech classes useful for college bound, leaders say Beyond the chance to learn a skill, an enormous selling point of MATC is the cost: for high school students, tuition is free. 'Hie classes carry fees, which are generally between $10 , and $295 per year. Adults lake It's such a savings for kids, and can MATC classes, opportunities can lead in 100 different but must also then pay directions." tuition. "It's - Jim Santy such a savings for kids, and School Board member opportunities that can lead in Besides classes taught at indi- 100 different directions." said Jim vidual high schools, students can Santy, a Park City School Board bus over to MATC classes at the member who also sils on MATCs Utah Valley Stale College campus board of directors. in Heber. such as aviation, medical MATC is non-credit based, assisting, emergency medical tech- meaning students can't earn credits nology, and fire/rescue emergency. that transfer to college the way MATC president. Elsewhere in the county. North and South Summit high schools leach building construction, nurse assisting, and law enforcement. 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Together we can stamp out prejudice. It only takes one voice to make a difference. Find yours at www.freedomcenter.org U tot loo* I Undtraround RtllrMd FREEDOM CENTER they can with concurrent enrollment or Advanced Placement courses. However, students can u<> on to get an associate s degree o\' applied technology from MATC based on their work in high school. One student completed her associate's six months after graduating, Rreins said. Because MATC classes don't give high school students college credit, some might choose oilier classes instead. Only about 140 students are signed up lor M AT(' classes at Park City, compared in 300 who look AP tests last year. But Brems wants lo see collegebound students in MATC classes too. "We would like them to, so that they have a set of employable skills when they graduate." Brems said 'Iliat way, students could have a better college job than Hipping burgers at the student union building. Furthermore, some of the classes may serve as introductions to advanced degrees. The medical assisting classes would be valuable for anyone who wanted to enter the health care field, said Fred Keelch. MATC vice president. But students find other reasons to take MATC classes. Junior Blair Rossi signed up for sign language because "'Hie class looked really nice." she said, and she didn't want to take a foreign language. She's just beginning with ASL. and she can make her way through most ol the alphabet. "I have them memorized, but sometimes I blink out," Rossi said. Rossi said she and some of her classmates are peer tutors and wanted lo learn ASL to better communicate with hearingimpaired people they tutor.