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Tindale, Barker are model CDE students

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By Claude Lewis

Chiefland High has been offering Cooperative Diversified Education to juniors and seniors for approximately 20 years now.

CDE gives kids the opportunity to leave school early each day and report to a job where they can get a taste of what the business world is all about.

"Students can apply skills acquired in high school vocational programs and apply them to a job.The employers provide them with work ethics and the skills necessary to advance in the workplace."?

The students are also paid for their work.

The CDE students are also required to be enrolled in a vocational class. They work one hour for every hour they check out of school.

Beasley said there are 49 students participating in CDE this school year.

Each school year, Beasley chooses two model CDE students –outstanding in both the classroom and workplace.

Senior Amber Tindale has been learning the front office ropes at Chiefland Elementary, where she works noon to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Senior Lauren Barker has been likewise leaving school early to work at Creative Weddings and Formals/Bejeweled.

Hanging around Chiefland Elementary is nothing new for Tindale. Her mother Renee has been a health assistant there for many moons.

Working at Chiefland Elementary was a no-brainer.

"They call me a student secretary,"said Tindale. "I've done filing,"said her supervisor at CES, Kari Wasson."She has an outstanding work ethic. She's a friendly person –she always has a smile. She's good with kids. She's more than a helper."

Tindale certainly leads a busy life these days.

She gets up and goes to CHS, and then to CES. After that, she grabs a bite to eat and attends night classes at Central Florida Community College.

?I?ve taken English, psychology and statistics,?she said.

At CHS, Tindale is active in Future Farmers of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Beta and Student Government.

Tindale was formerly a cheerleader with Chiefland Area Athletic Association and at the high school.

She coached cheerleading last year.

Tindale also does babysitting on the weekends.

All the above plus a 4.0 grade point average ...

Tindale plans on attending Santa Fe Community College and then the Univer"? she said. "I want to be a neonatal nurse."

Then she plans on coming home,she said. "Home is where the heart is."

Barker is in her second year of CDE. Last year, she worked at Laney's Antique Mall. This year, she got the call to work at Creative Wedding/Bejeweled.

Barker is there in the afternoons on weekdays plus she also works there on Saturdays.

"She's an excellent employee,"said employer"?I answer the phones, wait on customers, organize, display, wrap gifts,"she said. "I do fitting for tuxes and wedding and prom gowns. It's fun."

Barker, who has a 3.8 GPA and is involved in Beta, Student Government and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, wants to attend college in Florida and study to become a nurse.

"This helps me with people skills,"Barker said.