The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on January 9, 1945 · Page 25
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January 9, 1945

The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 25

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F A R M , J A N U A R Y , 1 9 4 5 13 Readin', 'Ritin', an' 'Rithmetic f And Favorite Books, Little Folks and New Seats I School* TOUGH GOING--But Kenneth Hunttey, 10, of Mount Vernon No. 1 at Burchinal will master it. He is figuring on one of the modern type blackboards low enough for pupils to work at. Incidentally Mount Vernon No. 1 is one of the outstanding schools of the county. Kenneth is one of the group making it so. At r k « · dass ' th ° "«»*«««» ! » tWa system o£ ° f COm ' Se they are to ° sma11 for the re e for theh size " FAVORITE BOOKS--Each pupil has a favorite book. And each pupil looks up references daily. Bonnie Rowe, 12, of Mount Vernon No. 1 is getting a reference hook from the school library. These ave available to pupils at any time, the bookcases, like the blackboards, being buiit within reach of the pupils. the many advantages of rural f the county fair. Prizes were life. On the contrary, teachers, awarded by 'patrons, business and professional men and women. And teachers took up agriculture, home economics and manual training so that the ag- preachers, parents, politicians and editors alt seemed possessed ·with the idea of advertising the hardships. Ions hours, small profits and crude ideas of farm life. Such conditions indicated a definite need ot a better functioning of rural schools, thought Mr. Benson, so backed by his own faith in country life and experiences in farming, the county superintendent began a definite planning of programs and activities hoth in and out of school to remedy the situation. First he developed a system of correlation in which he en. couraged ond helped !he teacher to correlate every subject of the class.work with the work of the farm and home. Instead of asking children to. write essays about things in distant lands and of subjects with which they had no personal connection the children were led to explore all the interesting facts concerning farm animals, crops and soil. In order to properly link home life with school work, clubs were organized, based upon (he pupils' interest in farm Projects or enterprises. Boys became members of Beef Clubs. Garden Clubs, Tie Clubs, and tlrls had clubs that had to do wi(b Fonltnr Rafcdnr, Gardenia*, Canning; nenf. Contests were and Home Mxnage- held in rural schools, school townships and at riculfural .ciub work was correlated throughout the country t h r o u g h rural communities, township picnics, autumn fairs, short courses and farm festivals. Community spirit was developed through the schools and this spread to other counties. The three-leaved clover became the established membership emblem of Wright county schools and the 4-H's became the symbol,of achievement in organized effort ot rural boys and girls toward a weil - rounded education--the equal training of Head, Heart, Hand and Health. Dr. Seaman H. Knapp, special agent in the Bureau of Plant Industry of. the United States Department of Agriculture, who had formerly been president of Iowa State college, heard of the 4-H club work in Wright county schools.' Upon investigation, he decided that (his work was needed ail over the country, so he introduced clnb activities into the national program and O. H. Benson was appointed national director of Boys' and Girls' Club work in the United States Department of Agriculture. · . At the first meeting of leaders in Washington, D. C., the Wright county 4-H club emblem and its explanation was. adopted. :· · , pro- f % * ' , . n I T f th f ?" mer ^ OU P S - He« are two in Bath No. 1. Louis Huffman (left) and Jan.ce Green (nght) are enjoying the new .seats installed in this model s ihoo See-Jamce , s showing us how the cover works. The seats are all on solid framework, _maJtJiig it easy to clean around, and incidentally provide foot rest. CERRO GORDO'S RURAL library plan, put into operation Jan. 1, will make avail abe more books for the rural homes of the county and this will hen rural school children to get books they need outside of their regular sS^braS. ° f contracta ^- h ihe Mason Cit y anci CIear ^ke public libraries made 5~* pro * ram MIM Hazel Thomas, county superintendent, has been work- r n f «w-maiiy years. It is one of the moat progressive steps token in the county in many years and is an outgrowth of the regional service project started some years ago and operated by the state. The bookmobile, now out of eiistenceta ahwn above. Some such arrangement for ddiverlnrbooka may be made in the future

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