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Shields Elementary student gives back to district


Shields Elementary fifth-grader Minnie Pettengell, who launched local business Sugar & Scrubs by Minnie in spring 2020, has created a Cape-themed scrub with 10 percent of sales benefitting Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation. ELLEN DRISCOLL PHOTO

October 12, 2021
For one Shields Elementary student, giving back to the community is an integral part of running a business.

Fifth-grader Minnie Pettengell launched Sugar & Scrubs by Minnie in spring 2020, initially to solve her own skin issues – bumps on her arms that couldn’t be soothed with existing products. So, she created her own base scrub she mixes with coconut oil, sugar, Epsom salt, and additional essential and scented oils.

She gave samples to teachers, who loved the products, and then started selling scrubs in a lemonade-stand format outside her home, said mother Brandi Townsend, a fifth-grade teacher at Shields. After positive feedback and strong sales, a business was born.

Minnie said she had to research what mixtures to use so the scrubs could survive heat and shipping, and through trial and error, perfected her recipes.

Read the entire Cape Gazette article here.

CHEF distributes $15,000 worth of donated educational supplies

Caravan of Caring visits Cape schools to support teachers, students

Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation board members (l-r) Ashley Reynolds, Peter Carter, Connie Kaden and Gail Mack arrange donated school supplies for teachers to use in stocking their shelves for students in need. ELLEN DRISCOLL PHOTOS

Ellen Driscoll

September 1, 2021 

Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation members delivered more than $15,000 worth of donated school supplies to all district schools Aug. 30, helping to stock supply shelves for all the district’s teachers.                    

Now in its fourth year, the Caravan of Caring school supply drive supports teachers who spend their own money each year to buy materials for students who come to school without paper, notebooks, pencils and other necessary items.

Sydney’s Restaurant and Lounge, Lefty’s Alley & Eats, Schell Brothers and Staples hosted donation drop-off boxes Aug. 1-25, where community members deposited binders, pocket folders, zip drives, composition books, colored pencils, crayons, glue sticks, scissors, earbuds, sanitizer, tissues and more.

Read the entire Cape Gazette article here.



Cape Henlopen School District Preparing For Safe & Successful School Year


By Cody Decker


SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- Students will return to class nine days from now in the Cape Henlopen School District. 

On August 19th, the district's board voted unanimously that masks are required indoors for students, teachers, and visitors regardless of vaccination status, upholding governor carney's mandate. 
Bus drivers and their passengers must also wear masks. But COVID-19 Coordinator for the district Dr. LouAnn Hudson says these are not the only mitigation practices that will be present in the schools.
"Every layer can keep our students and staff safer," Dr. Hudson said. "So we of course are promoting vaccinations and have run several vaccination clinics for our staff and our students since last January and February."
Click here to read the entire WRDE-TV coverage.  Click here to view the WRDE-TV segment.