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The Curé in charge of the Colony School has written some very delightful letters to "the little American ladies.” In a recent letter the little Belgian god-sisters sent some pressed pansies “for remembrance to the good sisters across the big ocean.
Much history and geography have become real to the pupils. France, Belgian, and other places now are known as real places in the world, not merely something in a book.
A knowledge of banking is the outcome of handling and transmitting the money. Every Friday afternoon the classes send their money to the Workshop (ungraded class). There a receipt is given for the amount, and the money counted and rolled for the Corner Exchange Bank which has kindly coöperated with the school. The importance of banks and bankers is realized in connection with the transmission of money abroad.
REPORT OF TREASURER OF CONSCIENCE FUND OF
PUBLIC SCHOOL 3, MANHATTAN
Contributed by pupils.
72.00 60.00 45.00 50.00 200.00
10.00 100.00 25.00 25.00 59.39
In addition to raising money, the school has also undertaken a large amount of practical work. Early in April 1917, the principal and teachers of Public School 3, Manhattan, realized that some definite plan must be devised for giving the pupils a part in the great work of war relief. After carefully considering the possibilities, the Women's War Auxiliary of the New York Hospital was asked if the school might receive work from that source. They very cordially promised to supply all the materials that the pupils could use.
Work was begun early in May and the four industrial and two ungraded classes were very enthusiastic about their great opportunity of helping. The girls devoted to the war supplies all the time formerly spent on their own sewing. This was continued until the end of the term and great piles of finished garments were carried by the girls to the Auxiliary headquarters. When school reopened in September, work was resumed but a greater variety was attempted. One teacher became responsible for comfort bags. Exemption Board 100 is located in the school building and for months every man sent into service by that board has carried a bag filled with the usual comforts. These supplies for filling the bags were furnished by the teachers and pupils. One of the ungraded class teachers became responsible for knitting and taught the pupils of both ungraded classes to knit socks, sweaters, helmets, etc. Each pupil was taught to knit a wash cloth of cotton before handling any wool. Then, when expert on the wash cloth, she was promoted to work on wool. Work on hospital garments was continued in all the classes equipped with machines.
When the question of membership in the Junior Red Cross arose, it seemed unwise to ask the pupils to contribute twenty-five cents each, as many demands had already been made upon the resources of the families.
The principal notified the Red Cross officials that the pupils had, for some time, been working along the lines indicated for Junior Red Cross members; she asked for school membership by virtue of work done. The membership fee asked was $500 for the school. The pupils had previously contributed about $250 for work among children and had made into hospital garments materials valued at over five hundred dollars. After much correspondence the Red Cross decided that the school had met their requirements for membership and at the Washington Birthday celebration the new banner was proudly carried by pupils of the industrial classes and membership pins were presented by a representative of the Red Cross.
Early last fall (1917) an entertainment was given by the school and the proceeds (fifty dollars) were used at intervals for expenses arising in consequence of the war. When the Board of Education asked for a contribution of one cent from each child, twenty dollars of the sum was used. The Junior Red Cross banner was purchased and many other similar expenses met therefrom.
The following list includes only supplies made by two ungraded classes. since May, 1917. Nightshirts..
130 Operating-room gowns.
6 Pajamas (suits).
128 Surgical binders.
50 Utility bags to hang on beds.
40 Belgian babies' outfits.
42 Wristlets (pairs)
2 Wash cloths...
78 Interest does not wane and enthusiasm is greater now than at first. The children hope to be able to contribute more generously to the shell-shock cases, to the tuberculous little ones and perhaps many other groups in addition to continuing their support of the little god-sisters. The “Conscience Fund” has its office in the “workshop” (ungraded class) and warrelief work is a very important part of the school life of Public School 3, Manhattan.
MESSAGE TO TEACHERS
To look on the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and to have a smile ready for every living creature you meet.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticise others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world—not in loud words, but in great deeds.
To live in faith that the world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.