The Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) offers an annual statewide competition in sportsmanship. The member schools compete against a set of 10 standards, not against other schools. The process is demanding and involves the total school community to be involved. Member schools submit an extensive application book that is judged by the Sportsmanship Committee to determine if each school has successfully met the standards.
Divided into groups, students crowd around tables collaborating on a poster project. When it is time to share their work, hands dart up. Everyone wants to go first. Down the hall, older students are wearing headphones as they independently study a literacy program, a teacher circulating to offer assistance as they need it. After lunch, all the children will don swimsuits to play in the indoor pool. This is a typical summer day at Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club in Seaford, one of two sites where about 100 children of migrant workers in the state are accessing academic help and enrichment activities this summer thanks to the Delaware Migrant Education Program.
More than 320 students and advisors from throughout the state attended national conferences in Louisville, Dallas, and Anaheim last month. Thirty-seven student competitors and 18 school teams from Delaware earned Top 10 honors at these events.