Denison High School senior, Jennifer Clafy is giving two young Hispanic children a life-long gift — communication with a frightening world around them. Siblings Sergio and Alondra Diaz, students in Margaret Sutherland’s first-grade class at Terrell Elementary, understood some of the spoken English language but read and wrote very little until Calfy came into their lives.

SIXTY YEARS AGO


Feb. 28, 1954


Owner Charles Bowlby of Willow Springs Resort visited Florida, the "resort capital" to study up for one of his own on Lake Texoma. In Florida, Bowlby brushed up on his "nautical terms." Bowlby said he found out that "a yacht is a boat used for pleasure while a cruiser is a boat used for business."


"Here we are loaded with yachts and we’ve been insulting them as cruisers," he said.


Bowlby said in Florida, anyone with a boat is referred to as "cap’n." "Why when they heard I owned a resort with dozens of boats they were all for calling me admiral," he smiled.


The Texoma resorter discovered that vacationing people preferred caps to hats. As a result, he will have one of the most complete stock of "vacation-type" caps available anywhere this year.


FIFTY YEARS AGO


Feb. 29, 1964


Tomorrow is Leap Year Day. And this year there’s an added something special about the date — in addition to the fact that it occurs only once every four years and brings open season on bachelors.


This year it brings the fifth Saturday in February — something that happens about once every generation or so.


A Herald statistician consulted a World Almanac perpetual calender and after considerable work, came up with the pronouncement that this won’t occur again until Feb. 29, 1992.


The Leap Year Babies are too busy with preparations for a genuine birthday celebration to worry about the extra day falling on Saturday. And for the gals out to make the most of Leap Year prerogatives, Saturday is as good a day as any for snaring a mate.


FORTY YEARS AGO


Feb. 28, 1974


It’s been six years since recording artist Jerry Jeff Walker visited the Austin College campus and during that time his career and concert fee have zoomed. Walker, best known for his recordings of "Mr. Bojangles," "Hill Country Rain," "L.A. Freeway" and "Getting’ By," will appear in the Sid Richardson Center.


Tom Blackwood, student body vice president, estimated that "Walker was paid a few hundred dollars for his night’s work here in 1968 and will be paid a few thousand for his current appearance."


Walker has spent much time traveling around the country and writing songs about the people he has met. His music is described as country with a strong folk influence and a rock upbeat.


THIRTY YEARS AGO


Feb. 28, 1984


Four Sherman High School students qualified last weekend to attend the state vocational industrial club convention. In addition, two district officers were elected; Jennette Lowery was elected as the new vice president and Wendy Douglas as the sergeant at arms.


Curtis Wade, Jackie Cox, Ellis Green and Ricky Hogan will attend the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America convention. They competed with 640 students in the VICA Area VII Skill Olympics. The students had to place among the top three competitors to qualify for the state meeting.


TWENTY YEARS AGO


Feb. 28, 1994


Denison High School senior, Jennifer Clafy is giving two young Hispanic children a life-long gift — communication with a frightening world around them. Siblings Sergio and Alondra Diaz, students in Margaret Sutherland’s first-grade class at Terrell Elementary, understood some of the spoken English language but read and wrote very little until Calfy came into their lives.


A Spanish II student, Calfy aspires to be a teacher. During a conversation between her mother and Sutherland, the idea evolved for a special teaming that would place Calfy in Sutherland’s class to volunteer her time, practice Spanish and teaching.


Calfy’s visits began by taking Sergio and Alondra out of Sutherland’s classroom for a few minutes to work with them individually.


While Calfy admits that she was scared at first, after working with Sergio and Alondra for a while, she says, "I’ve fallen in love with those two kids."


She also interacts with the whole class afterwards, teaching them Spanish. She taught the kids Christmas Carols in Spanish, the Spanish alphabet and numbers, given them Spanish names, worked with them on the days of the week and taught them to follow simple direction. Sutherland says, "The kids love her and learning Spanish. It has helped to teach the kids to respect other languages and people."