REVIEW OF A FEW YEARS
By Geo. L. Pitts, Supt. of Education.
Laurens county ia divided into 66
school districts. In these there are
71 schools. We have 126 teachers,
18 male and 108 female. The average
monthly salary for male teachers is
$90.45, for lady teachers $45.44. The
average school term Is 7.1 months. 59
districts have special school tax. 6
new houses have been built this year.
Generally we have good teachers,
?who are doing honest, conscientious
work. There are a few who make no
progress. They run along each year
in the same old way. Efforts are be
? ing made to dispose of them.
Below are given some of the school
activities that are doing a great deal
for the life and growth of the schools.
The schools and teachers who are not
taking part in these departments of
school work are sleeping and should
The County Touchers Association.
The success of the County Teachers
association this year has been most
gratifying to all concerned. The
regular monthly meetings have been
well attended and much interest mani
fested. 75 have joined. A profession
al library has heen established by the
association. These meetings have boon
a source of much and varied encour
agement and assistance to the teach
Local School Improvement Associa
Dvery man woman and child In a
school district should he working for
and interested In the improvement
of the school. 'Phis is the object of
^?tho local school improvement assoeia
1 tlons. Thoy are succeeding well in
many places. Thirty two schools of
the County hav e well organized
working associations. Those organi
zations have raised $1,000.00 this year
by moans of entertainments, free-will
offerings, etc. This money has heen
spent for exterior and interior school
improvement. Every school district
should have a school improvement as
The Count)' School Journal.
During the present school term the
County has heen issuing monthly a
County School Journal, a neat little
booklet containing ahout 10 pages.
The success and results of the Journ
al have heen very much greater than
was at first expected. It goes each
month into about a thousand homes
of the county. It is edited and man
aged by the children of the county.
The county suterlntendent assists in
the business management and the ru
ral supervisor assists in the literary
department. The contributions of the
different departments come almost en
tirely from tlie children of the coun
ty schools. The Journal is meeting
a long felt need, that of teaching the
. children to express thc^r thoughts
clearly and neatly in writing. The
children eagerly anticipate the coming
of The Journal each month, and as
some one has expressed It "They read
every word In it." The reading habit
is another great benefit to he derived
from this publication. The teachers
and parents also read The Journal.
The schools of the county are thus
kept within close tought with each
other. The success tills years assures
its continuation next school term.
In order to encourage reading among
the school children the county de
partment of education has offered a
certificate to the children who read
five library books and file in the coun
ty superintendent's office a short
sketch of each book read. This has
encouraged the children and many
of them will get the reading certifi
Ferfeet Attendance Huttens.
The county department of educa
tion has offered a perftct attendance
button to each child In the county
who does not miss a day from school
during the school term. Several hun
dred children will get these buttons at
the close of the term. This is a
means of encouraging better attend
ance. It Is working well. Severnl
hundred children will proudly wear
their perfect attendance buttons.
Honor Roll Motion Picture Tickets.
Mr. Lavender, the manager of the
motion picture theatre, very kindly
consents to give a free ticket to each
pupil In the county who makes the
regular monthly average required to
place them on the honor roll of their
school. Regular honor roll tickets
aro printed and left In the office of
the county superintendent. Every
Saturday scores of happy young chil
dren come In with a cortillcaton from
their teacher and get their tickets to
see tho pictures. This is a small
thing, but It means much to children
and la a stimulant t:> better work.
The Athletic and Oratorical Ansocln.
In the spring of 1010 the high
schools of the county organized them
selves into an oratorical association.
Bach high school holds its preliminary
contest to select a speaker for the
county contest. Each year about fifty
boys participate in the preliminaries.
The contest proper i3 held during the
month of April in the city of Lau
ren8. A gold medal Is given annual
ly for the best speaker and a silver
medal to the second best speaker. A
packed audience has greeted these oc
casions and a great deal of Interest
manifested. One can easily see the
great benefit of such an organization.
In 1911 the Athletic department was
added to the association. Each year
the athletic meet and oratorical con
test are held on the same date, the
meet in the afternoon and the contest
at night. The high school boys of the
county are very fond of athletics and
manifest a groat interest in the an
nual meets. By this moans physical
culture is encouraged and stimulated.
Each year medals or trophies are
given to winners of the several events.
This association brings the boys of
the several high school communities
together occasionally and creates a
friendly rivalry in declamation and
athletics, both of which is useful and
necessary in a boy's high school
The Hoys* Corn (lub.
The first Roys Corn Club of Laurens
COUnty was organized in January IDlOi
with 111 members. Those boys pro
duced an average of r>2 bushels perl
ncre. Willie Wolff produced 07 bush
els on his acre, which was the high
est production the first year. Each
year since, the county has had a
large, well organized interesting club.
Some nice prizes are given. The Hoy's
Corn Show is held in connection with
the County Fair.
The Hoys Clubs have awakened a I
great deal of interest in corn produc
tion throughout the entire county.
Previous to tills organization hardly
a man in the county had producod as
much as 50 bushels of corn on one
ncre. Last year several of the boys
made more than 100 bushels. The
farmers have realized that from 40 to
GO bushels of corn can be easily pro
duced on ordinary farm land, and
many of them are doing it. Every
body even to the ladles are interested
termlned to do the very best we can
for them. They have gone to work
in earnest and will do doubt make a
creditable showing. Some nice prizes
will be offered.
Our girls should be taught to can
and in this way preserve the surplus
fruit and vegetables of the summer.
Our fanner:; have large quantities of
fruit and vegetables that go to waste
during the summer. This extrava
gance should be stopped. The problem
will be solved when our girls once
learn the art of canning. The girls
clubs will in a large mensuro meet
* Oonnty Teachers' Association. *
On October .">, 1012 several teachers
met in the court house at Laurens
to organize an association to be
known as the Laurens County Teach
ers' association. A constitution was
adopted by twenty-six teachers, and
the following officers were elected:
President. Mr. \V. P. Culbertson.
Vlco-Presidont, Miss Nannie Croigh
Recording Secretary, Miss Jennie
Corresponding Secretary, Miss Wil
lie Dor rob.
Treasurer, Mr. J. P. Coats.
The aim of tliis association is to
arouse Interest in education in Lau
rens county, to work for the Improve
ment of school conditions, and to be of
some practical help to the teachers of
The meetings are held the first Sat
urday In each month In the graded
school building. However, for next
year a room has been secured and
will bo equipped for the use of the
Art. V. of the Constitution.
"Bach member shall pay an annual
fee of one dollar upon Joining the as
sociation." Cart of this money was
used in obtaining a collection of books
which have been placed within n ach
of the teachers as helpers to them.
Art. X of (lie Constitution.
"Any teacher who will attend five
of these meetings and perform all du
tjlos assigned and \\\\ Teadj (three
books selected by the executive com
mittee will bo put on an honor roll
to be posted in the ofllec of the coun
y superintendent of education. A copy
>f this roll will also he published in
the county papers." A number of
teachers have made the honor roll.
Misf Gray, the rural school super
visor of this county arranged for a so
rlen of lectures by prominent oduoa
County Teachers Association.
in corn. Only a few days ago a lady
came in my oflice, picked up an ear
of corn and Intelligently discussed the
Characteristic types of a pood ear of
corn, which goes to prove that our
people are interested.
This year we again have a large
club. The following score card lias
been adopted to determine the prize
Best one ear. lf>
Best ten ears.20
Neatness of report.10
The boy making the highest average
will be given $25.00. This prize is
known as the "Laurcns prize" and
was given by the business men of
l.aurens. The boy making the next
highest average will be given $20.00.
This is the "Cross Hill Prize" and was
given by the people of Cross Hill.
The hoy making the third highest
average will be given $15.00. This
is the "Cray Court-Owings Prize" and
was given by the business men of
? hose two places. A $10.00 anil $5.00
prize will be given to the fourth and
fifth highest average. Independent
of tl'.e above prizes the ".1. I). W.
Watts trophy cup" will be pivon to
the corn club member who exhibits
the best five ears of corn.
The ('iris' Tomato Clnb.
A Girls' Tomato and Canning club
was organized early In the spring of
this year with ."0 members. Our rep
resentatives to the general assembly
wero asked to give us a small Appro*
prlatlon for this work, but they did
not see fit to do it. The girls were
anxious for a club and we are do
tors of Ulis state, which have added
Kreativ to the interest of the pro
Program I, Not. 1012.
Demonstration Heading, first grade
Miss Annie Putnam
Demonstration Heading, fourth grade
Miss Lutle Young
Hound table discussion on Heading
Mr. W. P, Culbortson, leader
Program II, Dee. 2, 1912.
Lecture by Prof. J. G. Cllnkscalcs,
of Wofford College.
"Rural School Improvement."
Program III. .Inn, 11, 1918.
Subject: Interior Decoration.
Pictures Miss Bessie Brown
Painting Mr. J. P. Coats
Lecture?Hookworm and other dis
eases Dr. LaBruco Ward
Program IV, Pel). R, 1018.
Round table discussion.
Leader, Prof. 1! L. JonCS.
Subjects discussed: (a) Government)
Bullotlna; Ob) School Extension
Program V, March I, 1018.
Lecture by W. K. 'Pate on two quali
fications for teachers, namely. "Ini
agination and Common Sense." .
Program VI. April :?, 1018.
Vddrosa by i>r. Snyder of Wofford1
Subject: "The Teacher a Common
on Feb. 28, 1913, the Teachers'
Convention was hold in Laurens. Ov.
??? 6h0 hundred and twenty-five teach
?s wore pre-ent. These teachers
were entertained by the hospitality
<f the Laurens people. Mr. T?te do
'Iverod an nddress on "School Con
Itions In Switzerland" on Friday of
Our association Is not confined to
members alone?often teachers who
are not members visit, as H Is our
purpose to make this a progressive
club, being of some real value to each
teacher. This organization has in
creased from twenty-six to fifty.six.
The roll of the association la as fol
lows, with number of meetings at
Misses Maud Attaway 4, Evin Addi
son 6, Cora Armstrong 2, Bessie
Brown 7, Pauline Ryrd 6, Wynona
Chancy 2, Nannie Crelghton 2, Fan
nie Crelghton 3, Kiln Relic Copclnnd
5, Lucilc Cox 4, Margaret Cunningham
f., Willie Dorroh 6, Irene Dlllard 1,
Kate Dlxon 2, Lois Ervln 2, Marlon
Gray 2, Wll Ix)u Gray 7, Lou Fergu
son 4, Alma Garrett 7, Corrlo Lee
Harvlard f>, Madge Harris 6. Nannie
Harris 4. Hertha Jacobs 2, lOthel Mc.
Daniel 2, Annie O. Putnam 2. Annie
B. Putnam B, Lucy Peden 2, Blanche
Plnson 2, Mae Ropor 5, Wynona Riley
6, Lldio Sloan 2, Amy Shockley 2,
Mary Teague 2, Nannie Simpson 2,
Jennie Stewart 7, Carolyn Smith 4,
Blossom Shuman 2, Ida Turner 6,
Lucilc Turner 1, Regina Williams fi,
Barnlc Wallace <"., Minnie Wallace 7,
Lucllo Wolff 7. Alino Willis 2, Lutlo
Young 7, Messrs. Ooo. L. Pitts 6, J.
P. BurdcttO I, J. P. Coats (i, w. P.
Culbertson 7. J. C. EUcdgo 2, E. A.
Fuller 3, J. M. Fewell 2, 10. H. Hall 2,
B. L. Jones 0, J. c. Martin 0, L. B.
JOHN \. WILLIAMS, GUI') KM *? 1 I.I.K
Mr. Williams presented ? handsome
piano lo tl>c Rural School Improve*
ntonl Associalhui to be given uwaj us
a prize to Hie school showing mos|
We Will Be At Home In Our New
Building on and after May 1st. Old
and new friends have a cordial invijta*
tion to call and see us.
The Bank of Laurens
Laurens, S. C.
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I J. H. Sullivan"" I
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