The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 16, 1954 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 16, 1954
Page 3
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FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 1954 oouwm ifiws DRWS] Sales and Stock Clerk Herbert Forshee. son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Forshee, 809 Moultire Drive, is emplayed by Rothrock Drug Store for training as sales and stock clerk. Herbert is a junior at Biytherilic High School. He is pictured at left arranging a merchandise display. Tliis Ad Sponsored By Installation of Awnings Vernie Jenkins is shown making preparation for- the installation of awnings at the home of R. A. Nelson. He is being taught the art of sewing and making awnings. Vernie is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Jenkins of 400 South Franklin. He is a BHS senior. This Ad Sponsored By FORD AWNING CO MAX PEEPLES Bell Boy Service Max Peeples, son of Mrs. Ona Peoples, 2113 Edwards Street, provides service for Hotel guests. Max is 17 years old and is a junior at Blytheville High School. This Ad Sponsored By HOTEL NOBLE EARNEST LUCAS Sales and Stock Clerk Earnest Lucas, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Lucas 1901 West Vine Street, is employed by City Drug Store as sales and stock clerk. Earnest is 16, a junior at B. H. S., is president of the Camera Club and member of the BHS student council. This Ad Sponsored By CITY DRUG STORE B.H.S. DISTRIBUTIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM DEVELOPS SKILLS AND ABILITIES OF STUDENTS Th* Blytheville Schools, under the leadership of Mr. W. B. Nicholson, have for many years been striving to enlarge and promote a better balanced curriculum. The leadership of our schools realize the importance of the academic type curriculum but they are also aware that a strictly academic, subject matter, curriculum does not fully fit every student in the Blytheville Public Schools. So when Governor Francis Cherry proclaimed April 12 through 17 as Distributive Education Week your high school decided that this would be a good time to tell the community about one of its newest vocational services. The Distributive Education Program at Blytheville High School is another step in the efforts of our school leaders to devise an educational system that will provide for the growth and development of the ailities of all our children. To see that each student has an equal educational opportunity to prepare himself or herself to earn a place and a living in our town. School leaders have long since disregarded the idea that the high school exists only for the 15% of its graduates who go to college, but that it exists also for the other 85% who must earn, learn, and live right here in Blytheville, In January of 1940, Mr. George U. Conned from Conway, Arkansas, was hired by the Blytheville Schools to be Coordinator for Distributive Education in Blytheville. Since that time Blytheville has had five different people to hold this job and approximately 300 students have benefited from this vocational service alone. This is quite a number when we consider that Blytheville has never had a full-time Distributive Education Program. As to past gradutes from the program, there are some in Blytheville that today manage stores and others that hold responsible positions in other business organizations. There are two former students from other Distributive Education Programs in Arkansas and Mississippi that are today store managers in Blytheville. Follow-up surveys show that most Distributive Education Graduates stay in the general field of distribution and many stay with the same employer that hired them while they were students attending high school on the D. E. Program. Because the Distributive Education Program can provide young enthusiastic employees grounded in tbe methods and operation of a form/ who give promise of staying with that firm, employers and business people, as a whole, lend active support to the program. D. E. Program students attend classes at the High School in the mornings and work in the afternoon. During their morning classes they have two academic subjects, generally American History or a Laboratory Science and English, these students also take a period of D. E. In this D. E. Class we are concerned with selling techniques, Advertising, Display, Business English, Business Mathematics, Business Organization and Practices, and any other pertinent facts that deal with the operation and function of the stores down-town that are helping train our students. At 1:00 O'Clock these students report to their employers to begin their afternoon work. The employer now becomes the teacher and under his watchful eye the student progresses through the afternoon working and learning. For a job well done the student receives a reasonable rate of pay and one credit toward graduation at the end of the school year. The school representative or coordinator visits the employer and the student at regular intervals. This visit is to see how the student is progressing in his job, discuss with the employer and the student any problem that has arisen or might arise, and gather various • written materials that the employer might have that would be of help to the student and the coordinator in their class room work. Surveys have shown that approximately one out of every eight persons gainfully employed is working in a distributive occupation and that 130,000 youths between the ages of IS and 19 enter employment in the distributive occupations each year. This means that most of these young people enter into their life's work without any previous training. The result? High Turnover, inefficient workers, and high cost of distribution. Distributive Education tries to remedy this by teaching these students general and technical information that will develop a more efficient and better adjusted group • of workers. Education for distributive occupations prepares students for more ihan just a job. It gives boys and girls a general business education; gives them an insight into the various functions of store organization; it brings youth in direct contact with job opportunities; helps the student in adjusting to job requirements; provides on-the-job training which enables the student- employee to determine what he wants to do; provides an opportunity to discover the need for additional skills and information while still in school; enables students with limited finances to remain in school. There are also many advantages, of such a program, to the employers of these students. This program can provide a source of young employees who have some definite ideas as to the kind of work they want to do; and school assistance in the selection and breaking-in of young workers. Labor turnover is reduced. The program provides a conditioning or seasoning which leads to a natural adjustment for full time employment. As for the community of Blytheville, this program has a tendency to hold high school graduates in our community where we may have and enjoy the benefit of the money and energy you have expended for their education. On this page of the newspaper, we have tried to fakt you right into some of the business establishments in Blytheville that have cooperated with the High School in making such a program as we have talked about htrt possible. These merchants and business establishments have given of their time and energies in trying to help prepare these young people for a rewarding career in a distributive occupation. All they ask in rtturn is to see the student in their establishment become an hpntit, upright, citiitn of America and take his place in th« religious, economic, and political lift of our community* EUGENE RAY Sales Clerk & Display Man Eugene Ray trains as a sale* cltrk and helps with Television installatiom as an employee of Hubbard Hardware Company. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs- Eric Ray. Rte, 3, Blythevillt Eugene is 19 and a senior at BHS. He is a music director at No. 9 Baptist Church. This Ad Sponsored By Hubbard Hardware Co BILLIE DEE SIMMONS Stock Clerk and Checker Billie Dee Simmons is emplayed by Hays Store as stock clerk and checker. He is the son of Mrs. Ethel Simmons. 115 West Ash. Billit Dee is a Junior at Blytheville High School, ift 19 years old. Thit Ad Sponsored By HAYS STORE DWAINE GRAHAM Office Machines Repair Dwaine Graham, 18, a BHS senior, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Graham, Sr., of 721 Jamison, He has hmd two years experience in office machines repair and plans to attend typewriter school after graduation. This Ad Sponsored By Whitley's Office Supplies BILLY SHUMATE Sales and Stock Clerk Billy Shumate is a senior at Blytheville High School and is employed as sales clerk by Sherwin Williams Company. Billy, age 19, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Shumate, Rte 1* Blytheville. This Ad Sponsored By SHERWIN-WILLIAMS CO.

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