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Roanoke Rapids herald. [volume] (Roanoke Rapids, N.C.) 1931-1948, April 17, 1941, SECTION A, Image 11

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Health Officer Points
Out Free Services To
Halifax County Citizens
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In the December 5th issue of this
paper I announced the coming to
Halifax County of the School
Health Coordinating Unit. I fur
ther stated that the splendid ser
vices of this group of experts in
their various fields would not cost
the citizens of Halifax County one
measly penny.
Since a litle bird has ‘flown in
at my window1 and wispered that
one or two ‘grumblers’ were won
dering where the Health Depart
ment got the money to finance such
an extensive program, I would like
to repeat my statement that
COUNTY A CENT. In other words,
the services of the School Health
Coordinating Unit are paid for
in full by the State Board of
Health, the State Board of Educa
tion, and the Rockefeller Founda
Halifax County is one of the
twenty-five counties of North Caro
lina that were selected for this
service. We should be grateful to
the agencies sponsoring this work
for allowing the unit to come to
our county and place us on a
higher plane of school health work
than has ever been reached in the
past. It has been an answer to a
long felt "heed.
Teachers have been interviewed
regarding their particular problems
in health education, children’s
defects, physical education n»r>
grams, and on nutrition. Special
programs and projects have ucen
started among the children to
teach them how to obtain better
health and how to live more abun
dantly. These children have been
most enthusiastic about this work
and have made real progress.
A series of courses have been
conducted among the colored tea
chers of the county by Dr. Walter
Hughes on Health Education, so
that these teachers will be better
fitted to teach health to the school
children and will be able to as
sist the Health Department in
picking out the children with de
fects which should be corrected as
soon as possible.
The Health Department has been
assisted extensively by the School
Health Coordination Unit in its
Tuberculosis Control Program, as
well as in its efforts to obtain
more year round gardens and more
milk cows, particularly where
there are undernourished children.
Every white and colored school
in the county will have a pre
school clinic this year through the
cooperation of these workers. This
has never been accomplished be
fore with a physician at each clinic.
Furthermore, all the tuberculo
sis clinics that have been in pro
gress this year, including the tu
berculin test survey, have been
sician accomplished without a
single extra cost to the tax payers
of Halifax County.. These services
were made possible through the
State Sanitorium. The X-ray pic
tures of the school children were
paid for by each school child
or by some organization, such
as the Parent-Teacher Associ
ations, or the Tuberculosis Seal
Sales Committees in the various
Surely, we could have sat here
like a ‘knot on a log” and not
had these services. They were
not handed to us on a ‘silver
platter’. We got them through
HARD WORK. Yes, sir, ' they
came to us through the majic four
letter word W-O-R-K, and not
through and additional cost to
me euuxiiy.
In the display advertisement of
the A. & P. Tea Co. in last week’s
issue, the following item appeared:
25c. This was in error. The item
should have appeared: JEWEL
COMPOUND, 4-lb. 41c.
16 Children Met
Death On State
Roads In March
North Carolina lost fourteen of
its future citizens last month
when four girls and ten boys un
der 16 years of age met death
under the wheels of trucks and
automobiles, it was reported this
week by the Highway Safety Di
Five of these boys and girls
were on foot, three were on bicy
cles, one was on a school bus,
and five were in automobiles.
Last months youthful traffic
victims in North Carolina in
cluded: Two boys riding a bicycle
on the Highway at night without
a light; a fourteen-year old boy,
weaving and zig-zagging in traf
fic on his bicycle; one five-year
old child who fell out of a car
when she leaned on the door
handle and the door flew open;
a seven-year-old boy who ran
from behind a parked car into
the path of a truck; a three-year
old girl who was playing on the
highway; an eleven-year-old boy
was taking driving lessons from
a 16-year-old boy and stepped on
the gas instead of the brake
when the car started to run off
the road; and a five-year-old boy
who started across the street with
out looking.
Traffic victims in the state dur
ing the first three months of this
year included 11 boys and girls
from 10 to 14 years of age, 12
children from five to nine years
old, and six children under five
years of age. Fifteen of the
twenty-nine were on foot and six
were on bicycles.
“I urgently plead with North
Carolina motorists to be unusually
alert and cautious when they
see children ahead of them on
foot or on bicycles, and I plead
with North Carolina parents to
do everything in their power to
make their children safety-con
scious and careful,” said Ronald
Hocutt, director of the Highway
Safety Division.
“We must stop this slaughter
of the innocents.”
Gaddy Finds
People Here
S. M. Gaddy, Anson County
Sheriff who is recovering at the
hospital here from injuries re
ceived in an automobile accident
near Jackson on April 7, said this
week that the people of Roanoke
Rapids had been excellent hosts
to him and his family. He stated
that he had never seen citizens
of a community show any more
sympathy and concern over a
person s welfare than the people
of Roanoke Rapids had shown.
Speaking more specifically, he
praised the nurses and the doc
tors for their care of him during
his severe illness. He said that
officers and citizens outside the
hospital had also been very kind.
The interview with Sheriff
Gaddy transpired after the in
jured man had requested a Herald
representative to visit him at the i
hospital. “I just wanted you to j
let the people know that I appre- I
vciate their kindness to me and my
family”, he said.
Sheriff Gaddy, who was crit
ically ill for a few days last week,
appeared to be well on the road
to complete recovery today.
Child Buried At
Enfield Tuesday
Funeral services for Allen Wil
liams, six year old son of Mr. and
Mrs. Howell Williams, of Kennens
ville, were held at the grave in Elm
wood Cemetery here Tuesday af
ternoon at two o’clock, conducted
by Rev. Ross Cadle of the Baptist
Church. The little boy died in a
Kinston hospital Sunday night
following an illness of four weeks.
His parents, one sister, Faye, and
a brother, Charles, survive, also
his four grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. George Hunt, of Enfield, and
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Williams, of
Kennensville, formerly of Enfield.
Shotwell -
Mr.and Mrs. John Thomas Shot
well of Oxford, announces the
engagement of their daughter,
Mary Lyon, to William Nathan
Reynolds, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Hebert William Reynolds of
Jamestown. The wedding will be
solemnized in June.
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