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VOL. VIII. - NO 22
Public School Department
By Prof. R. J. PBBL»
tagSaturiey Pafc— IJ it, in the
WilHsmston Graded School dulld
ing at Williamston It was lovely
weather yet there were only a few
of the members present to partic
ipate in and to enjoy the different
phases of the meeting.
The Chairmsn called the meet
ing to order and Prof. Everett
offered prayer. A varied and
interesting program followed.
Model class in Language by Miss
Sallie Hymsn which was very in
structive; and was commented on
by several others and was unan
imously accepted as a good plan.
Next on the program was an
address. The Public School Teacher
and the citizens, S. J. Everett,
which was postponed until next
meeting owing his feeble health.
Then how to deal with unruly
pupil* Mrs. Lanier, Miss Morton,
Miss Griffin, Miss Wynn and Miss
Roberson, which owing to sickness
was also postponed until next meet
The last topic. The advantages
of Teacher's Institutes Prof. Chas.
W. Ray. All the Teachers should
have heard him, as he so urgently
impressed the absolute necessity of
grasping every opportunity for our
growth as Teachers.
Proffessors Peel and Everett com
mented on this and a»ked all the
Teachers to consider by the next
meeting, when and the where
Institote should be held.
After which Rev. Mr. Tingle
offered prayer and the meeting
PROGRAM FOR MARCH 16.
1 Model Class in History—Miss
2 Address The Public School
Teacher and the citizens—S. J,
3 How tb deal with unruly
pttpil*—Mrs. Lanier and Mrs. J.
D Everett. , Discussions Miss
Morten, Miss Griffiu, Miss WynA,
and Miss Roberson.
4 How to t>eauti(y the school
Jiouse grounds—S. Peel and Miss
5 What should lie the qttalifica
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Do Teachew realise the respon
sibility they have taken upon
themselves, when they accept the
position as teachers?
If a* how can we afford to absent
oarselves from the Teachers meet
ings? Where we can get so many
thoughts an ideas that will help us
to shape and to mould the charac
ter and lives of the little ones who
are intrusted to our care.
So let us in the future sx'sil our
selves of every opportunity to better
prepare ourselves for the great
task we have undertaken.
Friday Afternoon Exercises
(By Mis* Meta Lilea)
There are several reasons why
we should have especial exercises
on Friday afternoon. "Variety is
the spice of life," and children as
well as grown people get tired of
treading the same weather-beaten
path, day after day, and week after
week. A hold-up of the week-day
duties on Friday afternoon gives
the child something to look for
ward to, and makes coming to
The time taken up by Friday
afternoon entertainments is not
thrown away. President JL««se
velt in a recent article on education
says "There is a great deal to be
learned besides what I# in books."
Most people, at some time in their
lives, are called upon to make a
speech of some kiud. A faint re
collection of the performance of
SHCI: a duty in the old schoolroom
will make its performance in later
life less difficult. Knowledge is a
p«wer only when it can be used in
.performance of the every day duties
of life. Unless we can use what we
have%)th in makiag our own lives
broader and in helping others, our
knowledge is not worth anything.
Friday afternoon exercises often
reveal to the teacher how much of
the material offered has been as
sinulated or made a part of the
child's very self. They arm the
child with the thought that has
become his own. He learns a lesson
WILLIAMSTON, N. C.. FRIDAY, MARCH i, 1907
in forgetting himself in the message
that he has to learn. The exercises
broaden the scope within *hich
the child's mind may work, and
often aid him in discovering Ms
talents. DnM Webster discovered
talent Mmi orator in a simple,
| informal 4cbate.
Apia the wwowi it dose
of tb« week Knrt to connect the
home and the school. Parents and
friends, who seldom think of visit
ing the school, will sometimes drop
in on Friday afternoons, if a pro-
gram is to be rendered. The exer
cises may be simple and on Friday
I would suggest that they serve as
the grammer lesson. Unless a very
elaborate program is to be rendered
Monday morning of each week is
time enough to announce the nature
of the entertainment and to assign
parts. I think yon will find the
children interested in, and anxious
for, such occasions.
A debate is a form of a Friday
afternoon entertainment that is well
worth while. In a debate, one
child brings out one point, another
another, still others bring out dif
ferent points, until the child gets a
many sided view of the subject.
In other words, it dispels a narrow
vision of any treatise. It develops
the powers of research and allows
ample for originality to
crop out. You will be surprised to
find how much of himself a child
will put into a debate. He tells
not so much what some one else
thinks of a subject, but he pictures
the situatiou as he sees it, filling
oat details that have been un
thouglit of by more matiue minds,
and drawing on his imagination to
the fullest extent. Debates are also
good tests for the memory, Illus
trations and events that are sup
posed to have l>ecn forgotten will
be resurrecteJNnd linked onto the
subject in question. In discussions
boys are taught to think accurately
to express themselves plainly, mid
above all else, they are taught to
reason. In addition to these l>en
fits, the cliilil discovers that he.
himself, has an opinion and that
his opinion is really worth .some
Besides debates, which mav be
entered into both by boys and girls
but by boys preferably, women are
not yet tolerated iirN. C. as public
speakers, other literary programs
are both instructive and entertain
ing. Afternoons might l>e spent
in studying the lives of the dif-
ferent poets, statnmen, and gen
erals. For instance, a Longfellow
entertainment might consist of s
composition on his life, quotations
from him by the whole class, and
the rendition of some of Us poems
that arc an* appealing m children
National h»m—. oompodUons, on
the different periods of his lffe, and
suitable poeam might constitute a
nice program for a Wahington en
tertainment. These might take
place on Friday next to the birth
day of the character studied, and
the lives of men, prominent in
history and verse, might each in
turn be studied.
A unique and a delightful form
of entertainment is an rfftemoon
spent with flowers or with birds.
Some days before Friday the
teacher might make a talk on
flowers, naming the principal parts
of one, telling about its cultivation
and if possible, illustrating what
she says. Different flowers might
then be assigned to different ones
to write or tell about and illustrate
on the coining Friday. After ex
plaining why birds have hollow
homes, their fapid circulation, and
other things about them, boys will
be interested in a bird study. The
teacher will often find that they
know more about the call-note the
mating season, and the neat build
ing of the different kinds of birds
than she does. Each of these en
tertainments might be followed by
a walk in the woods.
In originality the following pro
gram is unsurpassed. Several
children might be asked to write a
composition on the man whom they
consider the gretest American who
ever lived, stating their reasons.
One child will perhaps think
Washington the greatest because
he never told a lie; another Frank
lin lieoause he could fly a kite;
while tluie-honored Columbus will
come in for his share of glory.
In addition to these outlines for a
Friday afternoon program, arc the
old fashioned spelling match, and
the geography match 011 the cap
itals of a country. Still others
may suggest themselves, all of
which have their merits.
I can think of no better closing
remark to my rambling paper than
the words of a prominent educator
at a recent educational convention,
"Dont let us give up the old fash
ioned custom of having Friday
afternoon exercises." They have
mora advantages than disadvantage.
Washington 'Vbirthday exercis
es were held at the Williamston
Graded School Friday afternoon
last and a number of the townapeo
ple were present. The exercises were
general, extending through all the
grades. Although the program
was hastily prepared, several of
the perta beUTg given out only a
few hours before, pupils seemed
equal to the haste and rendered
their parts with credit to them
selves. In the diversion of a school
entertainment or public exercise
of any character, we are pleased
to say that the children of Wil
liamston show unusual interest,
and undertake with pride and en
thusiasm the preparation of any
part assigned them. This dispo
sition on the part of pupils is grat
ifying to the teachers and compen
sates in part for the aversion some
pupils have for their daily class
work. It is the intention of the
teachers to prepare more frequently
public entertainments, with the
double purpose of encouraging pu
pils in their fondness for this kind
of exercise and of inviting the
presence, and thereby the influence
of the patrons and friends of the
The teachers in the Williamston
School, as do all teachers, deeply
feeMhe need ot sympathy, hearty
cooperation and good business
sense of patrons. Too much em
phasis cannot be placed upon this
statement. The school is a pecu
liar institution in that its relations
are more extended and more de
pendent, the one upon the other.
The relation of parent to child, of
child to leacher and of teacher to
parent form a closed chiin
of involved interest. The three
must harmonize, otherwise the
school suffers. The child comes
fresh from home each day bringing
not onlv what in himself, the child
but liearing the imprint of home;
the likes and dislikes of father
and mother. It is highly imj>or
tant then that parents have a
friendly dis|x>s&>n toward the
school and take care to impart the
same to their children. "Never
criticise a teacher or sj>cak dispar
agingly of the school iii the pres
ence of a pupil, but do .all possible
to stimulate kindly feelings, that
the school may be the great
est possible success. We believe
it absolutely necessary that the
public show i* one way or another
some kind of interest in the work.
There are a number of ways i*
which this may be done hut men
tion here is made only of two, and
these we beg of you:
Pint, never lose an opportunity
to apeak a good word for the
Second, ▼Udt ua as often as pos
sible. Visit the school frequently,
no that you can ascertain for your
self what is being done, and thus
avoid giving credence to untrust
worthy second hand information.
On the whole we thiak the school
U in commendable shape and we
invite the public to visit our class
rooms and inspect the work.
Those who called Friday after
noon were Messrs. W. H. Rober
son Jr., T. J. Smith, B. A. Critch
er Eli Gurgamts, W. C. Manning,
Gus Ray, Mrs. Ewell, Mrs. Upton,
Mrs. Woodhouse, Mr. T. S. Had
ley, Mrs. R. J. Peel, Miss Annie
Clyde Hadley, Miss Hattie Throw
er. For the visitors Mr. W. •.
Manning responded to a call for a
speech, and in his usual serious
and emphatic way pledged the
support and cooperation of the
Board of Trustees and urged the
pupils to tnore diligent study and
more gentlemanly conduct.
S T. LILES.
Prerogatives ef Rank.
The Braiubluvllle postmaster looked
out wtUl a fiown from his Imrrail win
flow at the returned traveler lvlio wus
queatloalug hint, 'T can't go oat o'
this pen »' mine till th* mall's distrib
uted," he said, with resentment. "Th*
new rules and reg'latlous don't hardly
let n man breathe. What waa It you
asked me aliout the flra department ?
"No, Jed lau't ohlef any more. That's
all owing to th* city folks that come
liar* now Bud try to run our whole vil
"There was a little spark of a Are
down. In oua o' their cottages, and be
cause our Are department didn't get
there quite as quick as they expected
they 'lnstituted iuqulrlM— I'm giving
you their own words—and when they
found the two ladders had been In
Jed's orchard and that bad made n
Utile delay they raised auch a lot o'
talk that Jed resigned.
"Ae ho said. If the chief o' the tire de
partment hasn't got the right to bor
row a couple & ladders froui the en
glue house when he needx 'em to pick
bla fruit, who haa»
"But you can't reason much with
theaa rtty folk* Th«jr'r» u klud of •
tlgh handed lot."
"Hoajiectalile," once n
ha* twcotne apologetic, and "worthy,"
which meant "honorable," hax taken
on a condescending ahada. "Nice" orig
inally meant "foollah." Only within a
few cenlurlea liaa "naughty" loat Ita
original meaning* of "daatltuta" aud
"good for nothing."
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