The Early Bird
ORANGE STREET GRADED SCHOOL
OXFORD, N. C., DECEMBER, 1953
Christmas Cheer | Orange Street
Meet With Health
This yule season brings happiness to
everyone, especially to children who are
eagerly waiting to receive toys and gifts |
from Dear Old Saint Nicholas.
As we- approach Christmas Day, the I
scenes are very familiar. We see the
star over Bethlehem, the shepherds feed
ing their sheep, Christ’s birth, the
Heavenly choir, the wise men and many
others. These changeless scenes do not
pass away. However, our experiences from the University of North Carolina
of Christmas change from year to year The meeting was informal, and var-
as we grow up. ious teachers presented their viewpoints
Your classroom experiences are most towards the e.xisting total health pro-
attractive and show that you carry the gram of Orange Street School. This
true Christmas spirit of making others included the physical plant, available
Grade chairmen and other teachers
interested in various aspects of school
health were invited to share a discus-
with the School Health Project
Conference Is A
annual session of the N
The students at our school were great
ly benefited through the observance of
Book Week. Many of the classrooms
displayed posters, booklets, pictures, and
many books that stimulated reading,
io, 1953 the seventh I Several teachers took their classes for
a visit to the city library.
I wish for the entire Orange Street]
A Very Merry Christmas
A Most Prosperous New Year
Mrs. Mary W. Gant
The in-service education program for
Orange Street School faculty was quite
interesting this month. We all were
led to grasp a broader understanding
of mctiious and materials uscq fti iicaltu
education through the services of our
Health Coordinators Mr. Thomas Gray
and Mrs. Wilkins.
Mr. Gray gave many sources of ma
terial we might secure in the developing
of our School Health Program, and in
formed us of the services we might
secure from him when needed. Mrs.
Wilkins talked to us about screening
and its importance. She emphasized the
many things that a health examination
might show that would help us as tea
chers to secure better understanding of
our children’s attitudes such as, vision,
teeth, tonsils, glands, skin, bones, pos
ture, blood, and lungs.
As a follow up, we are all striving to
make necessary improvements toward
the aims, objectives, and scope of the
Health of the Education Program in
The Joy of Giving
December 2Sth is set aside as Christ
mas Day. The day on which Christ
was born. In most countries it is mar
ked by religious services, by merry mak
ing and the exchanging of gifts. A day
looked forward to, when Saint Nicholas
comes with his pack of gifts for all
the little girls and boys who have been
good, and maybe a supply of switches
for those who have been disobedient
Without the giving of gifts and the
sending of greetings, Christmas Day
would lose much of its meaning to
People all over the world hgve been
health services, medical and dental heal
th, mental and physical health. Special
notation was taken as to what part
parents play in the school health pro
gram, teacher screening activities, pro
visions for handicapped children, school
environment, the adequacy qf our lunch
room and other facilities, as well as the
integration of the health program into
our daily classroom schedules.
The group came in interest of com
pleting a University School of Public
Health Study Project, and we trust
that their findings will help to improve
our State Health Program with special
provisions for our hungry children, phy
sically handicapped children as well as
to secure something in the line of tea
cher reerratinn s-tnA- lonura.
The teachers who sat in on this Panel
were Mrs. M. W. Gant, Supervisor, Mr.
J. H. Lucus, Principal, Miss H. S. Bar
nes, Mrs. B. H. Ransome, Mrs. C. S.
Stegall, Mrs. C. E, Eisbey, Mrs. L. Q.
Hamme, Mrs. I. P. Shoffner, Mrs. M.
T. Cureton, Mrs. B. B. Redding, Mrs.
G. S. Middleton, and Miss M. A. Mur-
In attendance with the visiting group
Dr. F. A. Clark, Jr., Albany, Ind.
Public Health Administrator
Naphtali Cohen, Tcl-Avir Israel
Public Health Sanitation
Miss Betty Gcntilman, Kane, Pa.
Public Health Nursing
Miss Shirley Hastings, Pascugoula,
Public Health Nursing.
Miss Lil Sprinkle, Henderson, N. C.
Pathology Lab. Tech.
Dr. Rosemary Kent, Chapel Hill, N.
C. Prof, in Public Health Educa
tion, University North Carolina.
Dr. Thomas Gray
Mrs. Beth Wilkins
Use Education Conference was held at t^r the librarian greeted the children in
the North Carolina College at Durham, usual hospitable manner. The child
ren felt very welcome. She entertained
„ „ „„ A ithe various classes in different ways
The General Program at 9:00 A. M. ^ ,, i, .
, ... . , , She told the small children stories that
opened the day’s activities with a wel- , .•
,, , ,, A 1 made their little eyes shine,
come address by Mr. William A. Cole, . , .
President, Durham County Teacher As- Mrs. Cannady the librarian from the
sociation. The Language Arts Work- city library on Williamsboro Street was
shop was at 9:30 A. M. and was highly Present a^d told stories to some of the
interesting and well attended. The passes.
consultant for this workshop was Dr. enjoyed by all. The children talked a-
Helen K. Mackintosh, Associate Chief, bout the grand time they spent at the
Elementary Schools Section, United ^brary. We feel quite sure many of them
States Office of Education, Washington, will make another visit.
D. C. She engaged the group in many Mrs. Gant, (our supervisor) h.gh-
inlercsting activities which would be lighted the week by telling the origin
profitable in the classrooms. Mr. J. H. N Book Week. She told how children
Lucas, our own principal, was chair- k other lands observed Book Week.
man of this workshop. - Phe played records that told the story
_ „ ^ ^ . of how a book is made. All the child-
Dr; Rose Butler Browne,* Chairman,
^ r T-,, . 11 I ren were able to enjoy this valuable
Department of Education, N. C. College .
^ , , ,,. J. information at the same time through
at Durham delivered the address for the.
. . , . , , . our sound system,
second session which convened at 10:451 ,, ,. , ,
After the close of the second session
•tKc X^incoln "UxgK ScKoc/l of-
Hill, North Carolina presented a most
enjoyable band concert in the B. N.
The next part of the program brought
before the group the Associate Director,
School-Community Development Study
attentively and the hour was enjoyed
by teachers as well as children.
December P. T. A.
The December meeting of the Parent
of Ohio and Professor of Education, AKodation was held in
school auditorium at 8:00 P. M. Mrs.
Ever}’ now and then sandwiched be
tween the regular school activities, such
aJtesembly programs and school movies,
a ^gician comes along and gives us
made happy by giving and receiving j something different to think about. ^
gifts. Mr. Fateque Sanders an outstanding
As we approach the Yuletide season, magician entertained us with a wonder-
let us fill the hearts of the shutins and ful show on November twenty-fifth.
the less fortunate with joy, by remem
bering them in some way, giving a gift
or sending a greeting. This would bring
happiness and joy to the donor as well
as to the receiver.
Mary Kingsbury, Class SW
Every one looked on in wonder anc
amazement. The auditorium was fillet
first with expressions of excited laughter
then a deep silence.
The show was well worth the time
Ohio State University, Dr. Lewis E.
Harris. He strongly advocated the use
of resources around you, but admonish- ... , . . .r^
cd the group that a fair evaluatiou T- A. Chaplatu, couductiug the De-
J. R. Redding, president, presided over
the meeting Avith the Rev. C. A. Atkins,
should be given to all work in all areas
of the resource-use programs carried on
in our schools
Highlights of the meeting were a dis
cussion on Moral and Spiritual Edu-
At 2:45 P. M. the group divided into nation, and a report of the meeting of
the Resource-Use Emphasis Clinic for the Congress of Parents and Teachers
a two-hour session. The clinics were: gi^on by Mrs. James McCoy. Mrs.
Art, Audio-Visual, Child welfare, Eng- Marshall Cooper and Rev. J. W. Gwyii
lish Teachers, Elementary Education, gave excellent points on “Moral and
General Science (Elementary and Secon- Spiritual Education” in the Home and
dary). Guidance, Homemaking, Human Community respecUvely. Mrs McCoy,
Relations, Language Arts, Mental and a delegate to the North Carolina Con-
Physical Health, Music, Marriage and g^css of Colored Parents and Teachers,
Family, Natuml Resources, Reading, gave an-^ellent detailed report of the
Recreation, Speech, Social Studies (Ele- two day se^ion held in Kinston, N.
mentary and Secondary). C. during November Such a compre-
Miss Daisy R. Walker presided over hensive. repovt proved Mrs. McCoy to
the Summary Session at 4:45 P. M., at pc the efficient delegate she was.
this time a report was heard from the Mrs. M. W. Lassiter,'chairman of the
clinic secretaries. Rewards made at Program committee is to be compli-
this time included Students’ Participa- hinted on the fine program her group
tion Certificates, Schools Attendance arranged.
Trophy, Parent-Teacher Association At- Mr. J. H. Lucus thanked the parents
tendance Trophy, City and County fo'' the fine support given the school
Units Trophies. At the end of this ses-1 during the Baby Contest.
sion the group left for their various
Christmas Carols were sung and en-
destinations feeling that much had been joyed by all members with Miss M. A.
shared and learned at the meeting. We Murphy furnishing music,
were happy to sec the participation of The next meeting will be held Janu-
the schools in our county in many ca-^2, 1954.
parities at the conifcrencc.
On The Job
The Orange Street School Boy Patrol I Dr. Holliday our school dentist has
under the supervision of the Safety been with us several days, and will be
Patrol Committee are really doing a with us over a period of three weeks,
grand job. They arc at their post of We arc always happy to have him.
duty every morning and just before He is very busy extracting and filling
dismissal. They arc alert and arc of teeth for our boys and girls. The child-
great assistance to the children in cross- ren are cooperating nicely and appre-
ing the street. Iciate his service.