Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 2, 1974 · Page 78
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 78

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 2, 1974
Page 78
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4F --June 2. 1974 Sundav (,axtttr-MaU Charleston. West Virginia How to Buy Staff Is Announced Co-op Growing Self-Help Activity By Sidney Margolius Consumer Expert for Sunday Gazette-Mail U. S. and Canadian parents now operate ov«r 2.500 co-op nursery and play schools in what is perhaps the fastest- growing type of self-help activity to restrain high living costs. In this case the parent cooperators are trying to beat the fee of $700 a year charged by many private nursery schools. The parents who get together to run their own schools shart' some of the work and usually pay $30-$35 a month -- less than half the cost at the private schools. As an indication of the expansion of this movement. 15 years ago there were about 700 such parent-operated nur- sery schools. Preschool co-ops are especially numerous in California and Michigan, and in the Washington, D. C. area. The first regional council of such schools started in the coop and union-minded East Bay area of California. * * » THE IDEA spread mostly by word of m o u t h , reports Barbara Cantor, who serves as the volunteer editor of the Journal of the Parent Cooperative Preschool International. Someone who»knows about the schools starts one in an area and w i t h i n months several more are organized. Mrs: Cantor herself is the wife of Arnold Cantor of the AFL-CIO Research Department, and has long been interested in wage-earner needs and coops. Besides enthusiasm careful organization is needed to establish a successful parents co-op. Finding a suitable location and a trained teacher are the first steps. Sometimes finding a place for the co-op i n v o l v e s a s e a r c h a m o n g churches, public facilities such as park departments, other schools, fraternal associations and other community institutions. One Miami-area group organized in 1973 had to settle for a "floating school" -- using a different home each week. Parents need to buy liability insurance and satisfy other local requirements for nursery schools. Biggest cost saving comes from parent participation. Mrs. Cantor explains. While duties vary among schools, the parents usually act as teacher aides. A class usually has one professional teacher to 15 children with two or three parents helping. Some private schools have much higher ratio of kids to teachers. * * * IN HER CO-OP, Mrs. Cantor reports, she drives the car pool one day a week and stays on to help the teacher. Parent participation in the classroom helps the parents learn about the children, and the children gain, too. Parents contribute their special skills like playing the guitar and showing how bread is baked. Like buying clubs and most other co-ops, preschool co-ops are mixed economically, culturally and racially. This mix gives an urban child a sense of c o m m u n i t y as in a small town. The co-ops also sponsor parent education programs covering a range of interests such as discipline, behavior patterns, selection and making of playthings, development of values, nutrition and eating habits, and developing respect for others. The international parents co-op is divided into districts and the district vice presidents are always willing to give information to individual families about existing nearby co-ops, Mrs. Cantor says. * * * PARENTS INTERESTED in forming co-ops also can get help from the district vice presidents or councils in their vicinity. There are about 50 councils across the U. S. and Canada and the head office (address below) will supply on request the address of the one in your area. The Journal itself provides practical information on a wealth of child-centered subjects, from making play materials to helping children with special needs. Interested parents can get booklets from the Parent Cooperative Preschools International, at 20551 Lakeshore Road, Baie d-Urge 850, Quebec, Canada. Mrs. Cantor also will try to help supply information. The address there is 9111 Alton Parkway, Silver Spring. Md. 20910. Mrs. Helen J. Carter is the new president of Ladies Auxiliary 2606, Veterans of Wrold War I. Her staff for the coming year includes Mrs. Mabel Slac. 1 '. Mrs. Forrest Victoria Smith, Mrs. Yeman Crouch, Mrs. Amelia Gunnoe, Mrs. Vernah Hess, Mrs. Louise Greene, Mrs. Cleo Gray, Mrs. Eva Conway, Mrs. Margaret Forte and Mrs. Rutha Hill. The group will meet at 1:30 p.m. today at Lee Terrace. A social will follow the business meeting. Make Poppa Proud Father's Day-BAKE HIM A CAKE! Cake Decorating Ideas Start Here! Planning a Wedding? See Our Se/ecr/on of · Wedding Tops · Invitations by Order · Napkins CAKE CAROUSEL 1825 BIGLEYAVE. PH. 345-1082 Grace Elkins Saturday Bride With the Rev. Wilbur Reynolds officiating at the Herns h a w U n i t e d M e t h o d i s t Church on Saturday. Miss Grace Elkins became the bride of Gary Spurlock. She is the daughter of Mrs. Carrie Elkins and the late Mr. Okey Elkins and his parents are Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Spurlock, all of Hernshaw. A musical program was provided by Ruth Curry at the piano and Eris Rose, vocalist. Five Generations All native West Virginians make up the five genra- tions of this family. They include Windfield Curtis Jett, 79, of Clay County (right); his son, Willard Daniel Jett, 59, of Charleston (seated); the granddaughter, Mrs. Kenneth G. Franklin, 39, of Charleston; and the great-grandson. William Lee Franklin, 24, of South Charleston, holding the great-great-grandson, Shawn Patrick Franklin, three months. Active Needlecraft 713--INSTANT CROCHET VEST -- one medallion for back, two halves for front. Win compliments when you team this vest with separates. Crochet of knitting worsted. Directions for Misses' Sizes 8-10; 12-14 incl. 639--HANDSOME TENNIS SWEATER he'll wear on and off the courts! Crochet in rib stitch of knitting worsted -white with read-and-blue trim. Great gift for an action- loving man. Directions Men's Sizes 36-46 inci. 75 CENTS each pattern -- add 25 cents each pattern for First-Class Mail and Special Handling. Send to LAURA WHEELER Sunday Gazette-Mail Needlecraft Dept., Box 161, Old Chelsea Station, New York, N.Y. 10011. Print Pattern Number. Name Address, Zip. NEW! 1974 Needlecraft Catalog covers the creative scene -- knit, crochet, fashions, embroidery, quilts, more! 75f NEW! sew + Knit Book has basic tissue pattern.. $1.25 NEW! needlepoint Book $1.00 NEW! flower Crochet $1.00 Hairpin Crochet Book $1.00 Instant Crochet Book .' $1.00 Instant Money Book $1.00 Instant Macrame Book $1.00 Complete Gift Book $1.00 Complete Afghans #14 $1.00 12 Prize Afghans # 50? Book of 16 Quilts #1 50$ Museum Quilt Book # 50$ 15 Quilts for Today #3 50$ Book of 16 Jiffy Rugs 50$ The bride was given in marriage by her brothers, Thomas and Terry Elkins. * * * MISS RUTH GREEN was maid of honor and bridesmaids were Mrs. Brenda Jones, Miss Patti Walker, niece of the bride, and Miss Connie Spurlock, sister of the bridegroom. Best man was David Anderson and ushers included Charles Spurlock, brother of the bridegroom, Rocky Elkins, nephew of the bride, and Herbert Rowe. The reception followed in the church recreation building. Mrs. Spurlock is employed by Charleston National Bank, while her husband works at duPont. They will reside in Marmet. MRS. GARY SPURLOCK . . . .former Grace Elkins Sally Hyer Bride In Point Pleasant . POINT PLEASANT - Trinity United Methodist Church here was the setting Saturday for the marriage of Miss Sally Ann Hyer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Hyer of MRSfS. L. DAVIS . . . former Sally Hyer Point Pleasant, and Skip Lee Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Davis of Belpre, Ohio. The Rev. Tally Hanna officiated and Melinda Craft of Weston was the organist. The bride was given in marriage by her father. MRS. WILLIAM H. Proffitt of Point Pleasant was matron of honor and Jane Hyer, sister of the bride, was maid of honor. Bridesmaids included Jane Lewis of Parkersburg, Kathy Oldaker of Buckhannon and Linda Marquess of Clarksburg. James Williams of Parkersburg was best man and ushers were Alexander Foster of McKeesport, Pa., David Cores of Coshocton, Ohio, Robert Leith of Pittsburgh, Pa., Richard Sheridan of Parkersburg and Steve Davis of Belpre, brother of the bridegroom. There was a reception in the church fellowship hall, followed by a b u f f e t at the bride's home. AFTER A TRIP to Cacapon State Park, the couple will reside in Albany, Ohio. They are graduates of West Virginia Wesleyan College. She has a degree in sociology and belongs to Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. Her husband was on the varsity basketball team, belonging to Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and is employed as a basketball coach at Alex- .ander Junior High School in Albany. Engagement News The Charleston Gazette and Sunday Gazette-Mail no longer accept photographs with engagement announcements. Completion of plans stories will not be used. The increasing number of announcements requires that we limit the space, so that items of more general interest may be used. We will continue to use photographs accompanying wedding stories submitted within our deadlines. YOUR FURRIER KNOWS FURS REST! Steiger's specializes in furs. It's our only business . . . not a sideline. Steiger's has cold storage vaults on the premises and does all cleaning, glazing, repairing and remodeling at the store. Trust your furs to Steiger's . . . it costs no more. 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