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West Seattle Herald/White Center News Wednesday, November 6, 1996 3 1 to is her 22 hter. in a class- says lasted too h ,, Ours, time to at math, ;e and King when to early next to . rade. , she figured says. "I r things Teacher Alison Silverberg explains math problems to students Kelly King and Steven Castro (clockwise from left). going on." completed 10th grade, though she's How fast students earn GEDs had students with as low as a depends largely on their previous fourth-grade education. schooling and work ethic, Silver- A GED diploma consists of pass- berg says. Her average student has ing five tests: science, social stud- Bruce Savadow/staff Wittstein, Jesse Ootson, Melissa ies, literature-arts, writing and math. Students tackle the exams one at a time, and get three chances a year at each. IN THE classroom, Silverberg teaches math as a group for a half hour to 45 minutes. At a table in the back of the room, Angelique Blackwell and Cheryl Moore read quietly as they prepare for another leg of the GED. Blackwell is only two tests shy of her diploma. "We try to make sure they're ready to (take the tests) because each one costs $5," Silverberg says. "We usual- ly have a couple of graduation cere- monies each year, with three to five students in each one." All three graduates from the August ceremony -- Janai Charnell, Betsy Hazelton and Gabby Vasquez -- are now in college. Silverberg, who also teaches GED classes tbr non-parents, says working with young morns and dads proves more rewarding. "In this program they get a lot more than just a GED," she says. "We offer a lot of supplemental stuffthat's vital to being successful. "It's remarkable what positive changes they can make." For more information about the young-parent GEl) program, call 937-7680. to cre- le," Black :'s got the city, but it's :hbor- hasn't Want input eventually Lid she and ideas to include: walk- and a corn- some develop_ degree student. Montessori St. Peters- told us but only if spot. "-- it was and tried fight, but .Who identi- from rst lady in 'We don't make you ans said have months )f having them I.she Works $6 per , she said. said she and has They'd been searching for poten- tial cohousing locations in the south end and in West Seattle when they happened UlaOn the Puget Ridge site. "We wanted a diverse communi- ty," Black said. They'll have to get a conditional- use permit to build because there's a steep slope above the site and a wet- land in one corner, she added. Cohousing hasn't swept through Seattle on a tide of popularity. So far, Puget Ridge Cohousing and a low-income cohousing devel- opment in Greenwood are the only other such projects in the city, according to John Skelton, spokesman for the Seattle Depart- ment of Construction and Land Use. There are other cohousing pro- jects on Bainbridge Island and in Duvail, however. Meetings about the new cohous- ing development are set for 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and 17 at the Dou- glass-Truth Library, 2300 E. Yesler Way, or call 789-3574. The woman from St. Petersburg said she and her husband have been looking for work since they came .... here 18 months ago. They live with their two children in a $620-a- month, two-bedroom apartment. "Our income is $642 a month from welfare," she said. A 19-year-old woman said she needs housing for herself and her unborn baby. She is eight months pregnant and single. "The father decided he didn't want kids," she s/rid. She worked for a rental agency detailing cars until she was two months' pregnant. "I made $7 per hour," she said. "I'm going to dental school in a month or two, as soon as I finish high school. I'm on welfare now, but I can go back to my job after I have the baby." The long line and high tension underscored how many people want an affordable place to live. "I think this clearly indicates need," Dion said. "Balancing the budget on the backs of the poorest of the poor is not the best way to go." Announcing the Next: Mana ement Wee'll help to answer your questions: HOW CAN YOU reduce the taxes on your hard earned Social Security benefits? HOW CAN YOU obtain the best mileage from your companies retirement plan assets? HOW CAN YOU. simplify oUrfin enjoy your "golden years" more? HOW CAN YOU control what life-sustaining medical treatment you want utilized or withheld? HOW CAN YOU continue to earn interest without paying yearly taxes on the earnings? HOW CAN YOU guarantee that your wishes and desires will be carried out should you become incapacitated? 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