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APRIL 26, 1961—THE NAVAJO TIMES-
Chinle Boarding School by E. C. Hinckley The Chinle Boarding School, newly-opened last October, is sympolic of many things. It is sym bolic erf the Federal Government's interest in Indian education; an in terest re-emphasized by President Kennedy's recent announcements. It is symbolic of an ever-expanding Navajo population, since the old boarding school could not accomo date the growing numbers of boys and girls arriving from out-lying schools in the Chinle Subagency. And it is symbolic of the Navajo people's increasing concern for their children's education and fut ure welfare. This is shown by the numbers of parents who have come to the school since it was finished, not only to visit their children, but also to take a first-hand look at the facilities and services with which their children are provided. These facilities will eventually be used by over one thousand stu dents each year, from Beginners through the Bth grade. This school year, enrollment reached a 6th grade level, with 751 children en rolled. Plans call for the addition of a 7th grade for the 1961-1962 school year, and an Bth grade the following year. Thirty-four class rooms, a library, and three special rooms (designed for Home Econo mics, Siop, and Science Labora tories), as well as the administra tive offices, are housed in three separate buildings, connected by covered sidewalks. One such build ing contains twelve specially-de signed Primary classrooms. Each of these has 1200 square feet of floor space, allowing for the extra work area which younger children need. A sink, drinking fountain, and private washroom is found in each of these Primary classrooms. The other classrooms, designed for the Intermediate and Elemen tary grades, have 900 square feet of floor space, a sink, andadrink ing fountain. Modern fluorescent light fixtures, as well as one whole wall devoted to windows, make all classrooms light and airy. New and attractive cupboards, bookshelves, and storage lockers, together with individual desks of various heights, complete the furnishings of each classroom. All furnishings are moveable, allowing for individual difierences in room arrangement. Whatever the differences between rooms, each one is a place where a child’s learning can grow and ex pand. The classrooms are, of course, only part of the picture at any boarding school. During the week, almost half the time between the child’s getting up and going to bed is spent in the dining room and dor mitory. On weekends, all of the stu dents' activities center around the dormitories. The dining room here is equipped to serve 500 children The Merchants Bank t " GALLUP’S OLDEST " Established in 1916 —Member F.D. I. C. Announcing A New Service To Its Many Customers— j TRUST DEPARTMENT j - 200 W. Aztec Avc. Uptown Plaza Gallup, N. Mex. 1116 E. 66 Ave. at one time, cafeteria-style. By staggering the meal-times slightly, the total school enrollment can be fed in about one hour. Modern, ef ficient cooking and dishwashing equipment enable the well-trained kitchen staff to give the children three nourishing meals a day, seven days a week. Much instruc tion is carried out in the dining room by teachers, dormitory per sonnel, and kitchen staff alike. The children learn good table manners and there are special opportunities for small groups of students to practice family-style dining. Stu dents also take turns in helping serve the food to their fellow stu dents. Once a month, all students with birthdays in that month are given special recognition at a noon meal, with student-made place mats, name cards, special decora tions, and a birthday cake. Although many of the foods served here to the students are different from those served at their homes, they all are chosen to give each child a bal anced, tasty, and healthful diet. The traditional fry-bread is gen erally available from one of the dormitories’ sales each weekend. The dormitories occupy a large part of the students' time and at tention. They and their staff form a vital factor without which a boarding school could not exist. The dormitory program is a very important part of the school’s edu cational training. Four large build ings comprise the dormitories; two for boys and two for girls. Three of these are occupied this year, al lowing for the planned future ex pansion of the school. They are all laid out on the same plan, in the shape of a capital letter H. Each side of the H is divided into ’'wings'* the cross-bar of the H is an acti vity room common to the four wings of each dormitory. Sixty-four stu dents are housed in each wing, using double-decker bunks, wall lockers, and shelves. Two wings in each dormitory are for 4th graders on up; these are additionally equipped with a table and chairs for every two students, to use for homework, games, letter-writing, and other such activities. Bookshelves, couches, chairs, and tables are found in the activity room of each dormitory. Like the furnishings of the classrooms, these are also moveable, permit ting individual groupings as well as large areas of floor space for ac tive games, parties, dances, and movies. Curtains, lamps, pictures, flowers, and other such decorations help to contribute to an attractive, pleasant atmosphere. In addition, each dormitory has two offices for Teachers (Guidance), a kitchenette for the students’ benefit and use, four isolation rooms for students who are ill, four laundry rooms with washing machines and ironing boa r d s for doing light laundry, Page 3 Jr. -J :'- *" *• HBL iiiiiMffls *** v WflßßSißft r. , ■••****,;<** F Mi Cm m ,S <l* > UO. „ ■ storage rooms for luggage, and apartments for some of the dormi tory staff. At least one Instructional Aid (Guidance) is on duty at all times in each wing. During the wak ing hours of the students' day, a Teacher (Guidance) is also present in each dormitory. Activities of all sorts, from outdoor sports and games to quiet, individual hobby and craft work, are planned for the students. There are also numerous special activities, such asparties, teas, and the recent two-hour-long dance festival, in which every wing was represented by several ‘'acts’*. By dividing the students into “wing groups*’, the Instruc tional Aids for each wing are able to get to know the students, under their charge, as individuals. Students are permitted to go home with their parents on week ends, and for a ten-day Christmas vacation, in addition, they may be in vi ted to visit their teachers’ homes in Ciiinle on Saturday after noons. The modern facilities and ded icated staff here attheChinle Boarding School help approximate a home-like atmosphere as close ly as possible, while at the same time provide an efficient educa tional environment. Furthermore, the location of the school here makes it possible for parents to visit their children, an event which BUTLER’S I EVERYTHING FOR THE OFFICE j 203 W. COAL GALLUP Chinle school Chow time Study before lunch is always a bright spot in the stu dents' lives. An invitation is always extended to anyone who would like to come and visit the school per sonally and see what is being done in Indian education at Chinle. OPEN WOW! I NAVAJO INN On State Road 68 - Just 3 Miles East of Window Rock | ■MHiWW • T Package Goods - Beer-Wines jstmmmamx % ■iiwMEMpy'itir jj Groceries - Sundries - Magazines | OPEN 9AM CLOSE 10 PM 6 DAYS WEEKLY L 818 Air Gets Expensive When Making Steel It's indicated the steel industry is spending around S2O million a year for a commodity man gets free as air—oxygen. That bill will like ly increase over the years ahead. Steel ways, official publication of American Iron and Steel Insti tute, said that oxygen use in the steel industry has increased in the last ten years from 127 cubic feet per ton of steel to 550 cubic feet per ton of steeL Oxygen injection into open hearths drastically intensifies the refining process of steel and there by shortens open hearth ®*heat time"—the time required to refine a batch of steeL This, of course, means increasing production. The publication noted that the steel industry's growing use of oxygen largely accounted for doub ling production of high purity oxy gen in 1954-59 from 22.1 to 44.9 billion cubic feet. It also made steel the biggest single customer for the oxygen industry’s output. The steel industry now consumes 45 per-cent of on-site oxygen capacity. Moreover, Steelways added, present oxygenconsumptiontrends incidate the steel industry may be consuming as much as 750 cubic feet of oxygen per ton of steel by 1962. This possible continued surge in oxygen use would largely be due to the current conversion of open-hearth furnaces to oxygen processes. The magazine said that a bout one-fourth of these furnace s— which produce four-fifths of the nation's steel—already have been converted and others are being adapted daily. It is estimated that under this impetus the oxygen in dustry will again have to double its capacity, this time within two years, in order to meet the grow ing demand. Though the technical benefits of oxygen in steel metallurgy have been recognized for years, the decision to use the element widely awaited a favorable climate. Oxy gen first had tobeavailabeinlarge quantities at relatively attractive prices. Now it is. Steelways said its ready avail ability has come about through the building and financing of oxygen separation plants by oxygen pro ducers on or adjacent to steel mill areas. Oxygen, therefore, can be piped directly to the place oi use instead of being hauled about in refriger ated tanks. As a result, oxygen pro ducers have been able steadily to reduce the price of oxygen and thus make its widening use economic ally feasible.