The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 31, 1954 · Page 13
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March 31, 1954

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 13

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 81. 1954 BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAH Handicapped Children Get Helping Hand Here (Continued from Page 1) younger children in the primary grades (first, second and third). In the afternoon, the younger tots take an hour's nap followed by a recreation program while Mrs. Willingham works individually with the older ones. In addition, devotional pro- Digrams are held regularly and ^bccasionally the children are taken on trips to various industries and interesting business establishments in the city or to the park for picnics. Art and music programs also are conducted. Each child is given individual work and exercises according to his particular need. Besides this, emphasis is placed on development of any special talents or abilities demonstrated by the child. While Mrs. Willinham is the only full-time teacher at the school, she is provided with assistance by the Junior Auxiliary. One member of the organization is present to help. at all times. In addition, one auxiliary member is named each year to represent the organization in its connection with the school. This ' year's representative is Mrs. W. R. Lawshe. Miss Alice Marie Ross, first grade teacher at Lange School, also assists in speech correction work. * * * THERE IS NO tuition or other charge required for attendance at school and all materials and needed in regular schoolwork are furnished free. Hot lunches are provided for the children, being brought to the school from Central Junior High. Children whose parents are financially able to pay for their lunches. For those who cannot, the Auxiliary furnishes the meal- Mrs. Willingham, who recently gained considerable fame both for herself and the school through the appearance of her and her daughter on the Chicago television show "Welcome Travelers" TYPING PRACTICE — Glen Carson, making excellent progress in recovering from an attack of polio, uses typing practice to exercise his fingers. Glen, who goes to Junior High School half-a-day now, hopes to attend the public school full-time next year. (Courier News Photo) finds work in th school more interesting, though harder, than public school teaching. Because of the individual • requirements of the students, her problem of preparation is much greater than is necessary in regular teaching. Also she must face situations and problems not ordinarily encountered in public schools. Mrs. Willingham has taught at school since it was founded. Prior to that she had taught English at the Junior High School here from 1926 to 1936 and from 1945 to 1952. THE DAUGHTER of a Methodist minister, Mrs. Willingham was born at Paris, A^k., though —as is the case with most Methodist minister's families, she NEW BOOKS USED — Shown above are four students at Lange School for Exceptional Children as they study from a new set of encyclopedias given to the school by the television show "Welcome, Traveler." They are (left to right) Claudia Gifford, Rosemary Davidson, Gene Love and Danny Cooper. (Courier News Photo) pointed out with a smile — her youth was spent in a number of different cities and towns in the state.' She attended Hendrix College and Arkansas State Teachers College, both at Conway. One of the things which impresses Mrs- Willingham about the children with whom she works is their kindness to one another and their interest in each other's problems and activities. "There is never any disciplinary problem," Mrs. Willingham said. "The children are always considerate of each other; not discourteous or cruel as children often are." / "It's the way they work together and help each other—just as though they were brother and sister. They are very easy to work with," she said. Mrs. Willingham also remarked PRE-EASTER SPECIAL \ on the excellent cooperation she is getting both from parents of the children and from all concerned with operation of the school. AS A RESULT of her appearance on Welcome Travelers, Mrs. Willingham said she had received several letters from people in various parts' of the country seeking information about the school or advice on various questions concerning children of similar circumstance. One of ib.t letters, which have come from such places as California, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, even inquired as to the possibilities of bringing a child here to attend the school. Mrs. WilUngham, received the trip to Chicago as a result of her work with her daughter, Dorothy, who was stricken with polio in RECREATION IS IMPORTANT — Always Vitally important to youngsters, supervised recreation takes on added significance for students at Lange School for Exceptional Children. Here the children play on the swings recently given to ths by "Welcomt, Traveler," Chicago television show. Standing on the porch at left is the teacher at the school, Mrs. Velda Willingham. (Courier New* Photo) 1949 when she was 11 years old, and also through her work at the school. Among the things she received for her appearance on the television show were swings for the yard, a set of encyclopedias and other books and class room equipment for the school. Though she has had no special training for the type work she is now doing, Mrs. Willingham was encouraged to take the job because of her effective work with her daughter in helping her recover from the attack of polio. Dorothy is now a sophomore at Blytheville Senior High. Mrs. Willingham, who also has two other children, Bob, 17, ft junior, and Sarah, 12, a sixth grader, hopes to have the opportunity soon of returning to college to take special courses to help her in her present work. A PSILLIP& EXCLUSIVEf-\b* super aviation gasoline component—Di-wop ropyl (pronounced di-iso-pro-pull) now available to you in PHILLIPS 66 FOR YOUR CAR Come in or Call Early for Your Best Selection Singer Sewing Center 414 W. 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