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The New Generation Art Series kicked off in March 2005 at the national headquarters of the United German-American Committee in Washington, DC. with a photography exhibit, Berliner Perspektiven, by Volker Dankmeyer. 


Volker hails from Southern California and is a first generation American. His parents emigrated from Germany in 1964 and Volker grew up speaking German and French. As many German Americans, Volker feels he has “one foot in Germany and one foot in the United States.” 


“Over the years, I have grown exceptionally proud of my culture and heritage,” noted Volker. The United States of America is the “global melting pot”, yet I am very much aware of the contributions German immigrants had provided to this growing country through their hard work and technological achievements. I now speak German freely in public with my family and friends and increasingly have grown conscious of the American people proud of their German ancestry by their comments and questions.”


Volker recently returned from Germany where he lived in Berlin.  His black and white photos express his regard for the city.  Berlin has changed, yet reminders of its past are visible with every footstep and down every path, he observed.” Past the new modern architectural marvels there still exist scars of war on the old buildings, the inner courtyards bear wounds of bomb fragments and a cobblestone line stitches its path through the city, a reminder of the path of the Berlin Wall. It runs across boulevards and through buildings, along the modern cafes that have sprung up through the city, silently past the empty lots still devoid of life.”


The 14 black and white photos on display are printed on fiber-based paper and have all been developed in the darkroom by Volker. He notes, “I believe the purest form of photographic paper is fiber based. It is paper, no chemicals or additives, completely archival and has the remarkable ability of bringing incredible contrast and depth to images. Since beginning my work with fiber based papers, I have never been able to view prints on RC paper, so called “plastic paper” in the same way.”


The photographs will be on exhibit at the national headquarters of the United German-American Committee through August 2005 and can be viewed daily during regular office hours.  Or, you can get a sneak preview online at 



The Community Safety Meeting held on July 6, 2005 had about 40 people in attendance.   The meeting was held from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Recreation Center meeting room (Adjacent to the Pool).  This meeting proved to be informative with Speakers Janae Davis-Saunders discussing the Neighborhood Watch Program, Sharon Kennedy addressing the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and Patti Williams presenting the Community Mediation Program. Also, the Police Chief and two Police patrol personnel were in attendance.  There was an opportunity for questions and answers.

At the end of the meeting, John Christian passed out a handout for people to fill in if they wanted more information or had an interest in any of the three areas discussed. 

If you have any interest in these three programs, please contact John Christian at



Chiropractors Offer Tips to Keep
Your Young Athlete Healthy and Fit
In today's age of health and fitness, more and more kids are involved in sporting activities. Although being part of a football, soccer or Little League team is an important rite of passage for many kids, parents and their children could be overlooking the importance of proper nutrition and body conditioning needed for preventing injuries on and off the playing field.

"The majority, if not all, sports are good, provided that the child prepares appropriately," says Dr. Carl Heigl, president of the American Chiropractic Association's Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness. "Without proper preparation, playing any sport can turn into a bad experience. There are structural and physical developmental issues that need to be taken into consideration before children undertake certain sports."

Highly competitive sports such as football, gymnastics and wrestling follow rigorous training schedules that can be potentially dangerous to an adolescent or teenager.

The best advice for parents who have young athletes in the family is to help them prepare their bodies and to learn to protect themselves from sports-related injuries before they happen.

"Proper warm up, stretching and weight-lifting exercises are essential for kids involved in sports, but many kids learn improper stretching or weight-lifting techniques, making them more susceptible to injury," says Dr. Steve Horwitz, an ACA member from Silver Spring, Maryland, and former member of the U.S. Summer Olympics medical team. "Parents need to work with their kids and make sure they receive the proper sports training."

"Young athletes should begin with a slow jog to warm up the legs and arms and stretch all the major muscle groups," says Dr. Horwitz. "Kids involved in football, baseball, gymnastics and swimming should develop a routine that includes strengthening exercises for the abdomen, the low-back muscles, arms and shoulders."

Proper nutrition and hydration are also extremely vital. "A student athlete may need to drink eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water for proper absorption. Breakfast should be the most important meal of the day. Also, eating a healthy meal before and after practice or a game allows for proper replenishment and refuels the body," adds Dr. Horwitz.

Young athletes today often think they are invincible. The following tips can help ensure your child does not miss a step when it comes to proper fitness, stretching, training and rest that the body needs to engage in sporting activities.

Encourage your child to:
  • Wear the proper equipment. Certain contact sports, such as football and hockey, can be dangerous if the equipment is not properly fitted. Make sure all equipment, including helmets, pads, and shoes, fit your child or adolescent. Talk to your child's coach or trainer if the equipment is damaged.
  • Eat healthy meals. Make sure your young athlete is eating a well-balanced diet and does not skip meals. Avoid high-fat foods, such as candy bars and fast food. At home, provide fruit rather than cookies, and vegetables rather than potato chips.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Certain sports, such as gymnastics, wrestling and figure skating, require your young athlete to follow strict dietary rules. Be sure your child does not feel pressured into being too thin and that he/she understands proper nutrition and caloric intake is needed for optimal performance and endurance.
  • Drink water. Hydration is a key element to optimal fitness. Teenage athletes should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Younger athletes should drink five to eight 8-ounce glasses of water.
  • Drink milk. Make sure your child has enough calcium included in his/her diet. ACA recommends 1 percent or skim milk for children over 2 years old rather than whole milk because of its high fat content. The calcium in milk is essential for healthy bones and reduces the risk of joint-and muscle- related injuries.
  • Avoid sugar-loaded, caffeinated and carbonated drinks. Sports drinks are a good source of replenishment for those kids engaged in long-duration sports, such as track and field.
  • Follow a warm-up routine. Be sure your child or his/her coach includes a warm-up and stretching session before every practice, game or meet. A slow jog, jumping rope and/or lifting small weights reduces the risk of torn or ripped muscles. Flexibility becomes a preventive key when pushing to score that extra goal or make that critical play.
  • Take vitamins daily. A multi-vitamin and Vitamin C are good choices for the young athlete. Vitamin B and amino acids may help reduce the pain from contact sports. Thiamine can help promote healing. Also consider Vitamin A to strengthen scar tissue.
  • Avoid trendy supplements. Kids under the age of 18 should avoid the use of performance-enhanced supplements, such as creatine. Instead, they should ask their coach or trainer to include weekly weight-training and body-conditioning sessions in their workout.
  • Get plenty of rest. Eight hours of sleep is ideal for the young athlete. Lack of sleep and rest can catch up with the athlete and decrease performance. Sluggishness, irritability and loss of interest could indicate that your child is fatigued.
Chiropractic Care Can Help...
Doctors of chiropractic are trained and licensed to treat the entire neuromusculoskeletal system and can provide advice on sports training, nutrition and injury prevention to young athletes.
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With the correct curriculum, you can change the life of a student. Direct Instruction reading, language arts, and math programs brought to District 132 by Aimstar are designed precisely for this reason. Every aspect of the program has been watchfully created, tested, and cultivated to guarantee that it helps students learn. All students can be fervent, skillful scholars.


The term "Direct Instruction" refers to a rigorously developed, highly scripted method for teaching that is fast-paced and provides constant interaction between students and the teacher. Evidence for the success of Direct Instruction is much more than anecdotal: major long-term studies provide powerful evidence of its success.

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