The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 10, 1955 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, October 10, 1955
Page 7
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1955 BLYTHEVILLB (ARK.)' COTTRIEK NEWS PAGS SEVEN 'Pennies from Heaven' Build a School By RALPH MONCRIEF NEA Staff Correspondent FORT WORTH, Tex. — (NEA) — Zilda Silva, a 100- pound, five-foot human dynamo from Mantena, Minas Gerais, Brazil, is imbued with the kind of faith that moves mountains, and also men. She parlayed one of Uncle Sam's copper pennies into a year's education for 16 young Brazilians, and has built n school and dispensary In the little town of Mantena, 100 miles from the nearest railroad. The fantastic events in the ilfe of htis miniature Brazilian began at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1947. One day as she stood in line at the school's cafeteria, a friend, Charles Jones, tapped her on the shoulder and asked, "Zilcla, when is your birthday?" Zilda looked around at him with her grayish-brown eyes sparkling and a wide smile on her face, and replied, ''Why, just any day you want to give me something." Charles selected a penny from his change and presented it to her. "Here,", he said, "now you can never say I didn't give you a present on your birthday." • » • Zilda took the coin and a thoughtful, far-away look came into her eyes as she examined the little piece of money. "You know what, Charles," she said after a moment, "this penny is going to send some Brazilian youngster to school." She turned happily to other students in the line and, holding out her hand, said.. "This little penny is crying out for other pennies to join him so lie can send one of my young countrymen to school." Seconds later, Zilda held 13 pennies In her hand, and she was jumping with excitement. The word about the penny spread The word about the penny spread. By 1949, when Zilda returned home, ,it had grown to $1,600. With the money she provided educational opportunities for 1G young people In her native land for one year. Before she left for her homeland, Zilda had prayed for word of where she should serve. "It wasn't long after this pray, er," Zilda recalled later, "that God 1 revealed to me the plan for educa- SILVA: One little penny was crying out for others* Intensive and Realistic Training For New Reservists Urged by NSTC WASHINGTON UB—The National Security Training" Commission says youths taking a six-month course under the new military reserve program should be given "intensive nnd realistic training with due regard for safety." At the same time, it called for extra care in assuring- the physical and moral well-being of the youths, most of them of predraft age. It expressed confidence the services have ample regulations and good men to do that. The commission, which helped to prepare the new program and will watch over its operation, made cle- •tailed suggestions in a weekend report to Secretary of Defense Wilson. It called on communities and civilian leaders near military camps to help, saying that the "average young American will do the right thing if he is not unduly tempted by the wrong." It suggested also that full recreational facilities be provided at the training stations, and that the young reservists be given "little, if any, leave or time off base." Movie Contract Gets Approval SANTA MONICA, Calif, tjp) — Margaret O'Brien, an actress for 15 of her 13 years, has court, approval of a new $2,500 per week contract Saturday. Noted for her child actress portrayals of tearful waifs, Margaret was ail smiles when Superior Judge Orlando H, Rhodes approved the coniract yesterday. The approval is necessary because Miss O'Brien is still a minor. She will begin work on a new picture in December. Lake .Magadi. southern Kenya, is a 30-.srjuare-mile saucer of .solidified .sodium bicarbonate. tional and social work He wanted me to execute. I didn't choose the place — He pointed it out to me very clearly. He, led me to Mantena, a small town of 4,000 people in the interior of the state Of Minas Gerais." * • t She arrived in the little back- country town without financial backing or money. She needed a house for the school and dispensary, and a place to live. One of the town's bankers financed the down payment, and, a month after her arrival, in March, 1950, she opened her school. During the first year, 80 students were enrolled, and three girls from nearby towns had been called in to teach. By the end of 1953 there were 100 pupils in the school, and there would have been more except for the intervention of some secular and religious leaders of the town. Running out of room, Zilda decided to construct a new building to care for the primary grades. She had no money, but she started construction anyway. Each week when it came time to pay the workers, she went to her banker friends and other sympathizers and she always met her payroll. Half through, a storm demolished the walls. "My adversaries." says > Zilda. back in Fort Worth for a visit, "they laughed and they shouted, 'Now she has lost everything; now she will quit and go away.' But I explained to my people that we had lost nothing because we had spent nothing. The loss was a blessing from God because none of the children were In the building, and no one was hurt. You watch: we shall build a bigger and better building." Out of the rubble there rose not only a building to care (or the primary grades, but one almost large enough to provide facilities (or the enrollment through the high school level. Completed In December, 1954, and built to care for 100 students, the building is now too small for the 300 pupils enrolled. "At the moment we need three things," Zilda says. 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