Get acquainted with your child’s
school teacher and offer that
teacher—and the school—your full
cooperation in one of America’s
most important enterprizes: public
The new Firestone Recreation
Center is an indoor playground
where your children can parti
cipate in supervised games of
many kinds after school hours.
Visit the center yourself along
with your children.
GASTONIA, N. C., SEPTEMBER 10, 1953
ABERNETHY SCHOOL FACULTY—The teachers assembled above on the steps of Abernethy
School, located one block west of Firestone Textiles, have a larger percentage of Firestone boys and
in their classrooms than any other group of public school teachers in Gastonia. As would be ex-
I*®cted the Abernethy Parent-Teaeher Association consists largely of Firestone employees. In the first
above, left to right, are Mrs. Mable Shook, Miss Nettie Mitchell, Miss Jo Ann Huggins, Miss Betty
^arnes, Mrs. Elizabeth Foy, and Miss Evelyn Tucker. Second row: Miss Genevieve Brown, Miss Rachel
Miss Margaret Robinson, Miss Lula Rankin, Mrs. Homiselle Falls, and Miss Roberta Lucas. Third
Mrs. Elizabeth Jones, Miss Alliene Wilkins, Mrs. Marie Johnston, Miss Martha Lee Lucas, Miss
•^uanita Phillips, and Mr. L. W. Worley. Fourth row; Miss Verona Ervin, Principal T. L. Looper, Miss
Sexton, Miss Mary Peden, and Mrs. Elizabeth Owens.
World Safety Record. .. .
^kron Employees Receive Safety Medallions
After School Hours. . . .
New Recreation Center Offers
Games And Crafts To Children
THE BIG DOUBLE DOORS of the Firestone Dining Hall swung
open Monday, August 31, to as happy a group of young folks as has
been seen in the community in recent years. They were happy for
good reason. The dining hall, which was seldom used, had been con
verted to a recreation center designed primarily for young people.
— ^ center—to be called
Firestone Recreation Center—will
be under the direct supervision of
June Badger, assistant to the rec
reation director. Hours for the
center are: Monday 6 to 9 p. m.,
Tuesday 4 to 7 p. m., Wednesday
4 to 7 p. m., Thursday 6 to 9 p. m.,
and Friday 6 to 10 p, m.
The center is equipped with num
erous indoor type games including
ping pong, darts, shuffleboard, 5-
pin bowling, horseshoes, monopo
ly, Chinese checkers, and shuttle
loop. In addition to games which
may be played any time, there will
be dancing instruction classes on
certain nights followed by a square
dance for young folks each Friday
Bingo starts again on Thursday,
September 17, with games at 10
a. m. and 7 p. m. As usual there
will be prizes for bingo winners.
In addition, a new quiz feature is
being scheduled with a “jackpot
of prizes” for the winners.
All fall recreational and athletic
activities will be getting underway
soon, if not already started. These
include, among others, bowling,
billiards, basketball, volleyball,
shuffleboard, and bocci.
The Community Sing is now be
ing held each Tuesday night at 7
p. m. in the new Recreation Cen
ter. All singers or would be singers
If you play a stringed musical
instrument you are invited to join
others who may be interested in
forming a stringed band. For de
tails see the Recreation Director.
Instruction in crafts will be con
ducted from time to time and those
wishing to learn ceramics may
join the ceramics class which will
continue on Tuesday nights. ,
The center is open at the hours
indicated to any member of a
Firestone Textiles employee fami
ly. As the center grows in popu
larity other interesting recrea
tional activities will be added.
A Fine Place To Play
Tire Plant 2 of The Firestone
& Rubber Company has re-
^ useful token of apprecia-
^I'om the Company for playing
setting the world safety
for -tjig rubber industry.
^ed ? ^ chain with a
attached. The medallion
“Kinscription which reads:
of to the men and women
2 for setting a world
in the rubber industry,
chains were pre-
mej^t^. ^'^ployees in all depart-
their for emen.
key chains to 3,100
Pfesp ^ employees followed the
of a special Award of
Plant 2 from the National
the ^ Council in recognition of
safety record. J. E.
of ^ice-President in Charge
'^'^tion, presented the award
aiiaggj® W. R. Clarke, Plant 2
6^542 the operation
hours without a dis-
1959 Worked between June
and June 12, 1953.
Acr * * *
to the Council it
® greatest total of injury
THE Firestone Tire & Rubber
Company presented 3,100 Akron
Plant 2 employees with key
chains like the ones shown above
in recognition of setting the
world safety record for the
employees in all plants throughout
the world is the best in the indus
try and has earned for the Com
pany the general Award of Honor
of the National Safety Council in
seven of the last eight years.
Before the new recoi’d of Plant
2 for the entire rubber industry,
the Akron plants of the Company
had held the world record for tire
manufacturing plants, with 5,334,-
043 accident-free hours worked
during last summer. Before that
the tire plant record was held by
the Memphis, Tenn., plant for the
Firestone Company, with 4,397 000
accident-free hours. The Fire
stone Des Moines, Iowa, plant held
the world tire plant record of
3,528,900 hours before Memphis.
free manhours in the rubber in
dustry known to the National
The safety record of Firestone
Scholarship Winner Taylor
Enters Duke University
Miss Claudette Taylor, winner of
a Firestone Scholarship, entered
Duke University September 10 en
rolled in the freshman class. Her
first semester courses are English,
French, Chemistry, Religion, Math
ematics, and Physical Education.
She plans to tryout for the Duke
Concert Band. Miss Taylor has not
yet decided on a career.
AMONG THE FIRST youngsters at the new Firestone Recrea
tion Center on opening day were Jimmie Dill, left, and Eddie
Moss, shown here ready to start a game of shuffleboard. Games of
many descriptions are available to employees’ children at the
center which is open Mondays through Fridays after school hours.
June Badger, assistant to the recreation director, is in charge of the
center. He reports that the center is already receiving near capacity
crowds of children each afternoon it is open.