Rep. Kim Williams: Red Clay Sets World Record

LEGO Tower Breaks World Record

Over a thousand people came out to Dickinson High School on August 19 and watched as the Red Clay School District attempted to break the world record for the tallest structure built with interlocking plastic bricks. The representative from the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed the record had been broken with the tower standing 112 feet, 11 and 3/4 inches. I was incredibly excited to ride in the lift and place the second to the last block on the tower! WSTW hosted this wonderful community event complete with delicious, homemade ice cream from the University of Delaware’s UDairy Creamery.

 

School Enrollment Task Force to Meet

This fall, I will serve as the co-chair, along with Senator Nicole Poore, of a legislative task force that was created by my first bill, House Bill 90 . The bill streamlined Delaware’s school choice program to ensure all families could choose the best education option for them. Not only did this bill make the process easier, it made it fair. All students deserve a level playing field in the choice system.

The Enrollment Preference Task Force will examine the current landscape of the enrollment preferences and practices used by magnet, vocational-technical, and charter schools statewide, and if necessary, develop recommendations.

Members of the General Assembly, governor’s office and the Department of Education will serve on the task force as well as representatives from the Delaware Business Roundtable, the Charter School Network, the Delaware Parent Teacher Association and parents. The task force will present a final report of its findings and recommendations by January 31, 2014. All meetings are open to the public, and while we have not set a date for the first meeting, we look forward to your attendance.

School Season Starting, Check Your Calendar

Children in the 19th District (Red Clay School District) will return to school beginning August 26 for students in kindergarten through 9th grade; students in 10th through 12th grade will return August 27. Delcastle Technical High School students will return to school on August 26. For more school information, visit http://www.redclay.k12.de.us/ for Red Clay School District or http://www.nccvotech.com/high_schools.htm for Delcastle Technical High School.

Small Business Profile: Pearson Flags

Pearson Flags has become a small-business staple in Stanton tracing its history back to March 1956, when Les and Nancy Pearson founded Pearson Hardware in a corner of Nancy's father's grocery store.

When the rise of chain hardware stores forced then-Pearson Hardware to contemplate a different line of business, they hit on the idea of flags and Delaware souvenirs, and decided to incorporate them with the hardware. After a disastrous flood in 1999, Pearson’s turned the page completely, focused solely on flags, and changed the name to Pearson’s Flags.

On September 11, 2001, people were lined up for a mile just to get into the store to buy a flag. The Pearsons were honored to provide this service.

For more information or to purchase a flag, visit their store at 2125 W. Newport Pike (Route 4) or check them out on the web at http://www.pearsonflags.com/.

 

Road Work Completed

Stanton Road was closed at the railroad tracks between Kiamensi Road and Old Capitol Trail from Monday, August 5 through Friday, August 9 to replace the concrete crossing panels. The work was done just before the beginning of the school year to alleviate problems that have plagued motorists and school buses in the past. If you ever have any questions about road work or closures in your area, please call my office at 302-577-5246.

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