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CHRISTMAS EDITION 12 PAGES VOL. XXIX BIG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY, VA., WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 14, 1921 No. 50 About Our Public Schools By II. L. Sui.KuiDOK Buildings sod Equipment Oni' (if the best indications nl' ii community's interest in edu? cation cuii bo observed in the buildings and equipment which it provides for school purposes. Judged by such indications the people of Big Stone Gap have lung been interested und enthus? iastic supporters of the public schools. More tlmu twenty years ago they erected a modern school building and established one of the tirst high school departments to lie found in this section. The original building was destroyed by lire during the winter of ltlOJ. The next year a larger and het ter building was erected on the ashea of the old. This building, located on one of the most beau? tiful and convenient sites imag? inable, has accommodated the growing school population since 11)05. It lias fourteen large class r.is, auditorium, principal's nllice and three basement rooms; An excellent new heating system lias been installed and the build? ing thoroughly repaired and re? painted; The building is equip? ped throughout with single desks', slate blackboards, sanitary toi? lets, and drinking fountains. In short, every provision has been made to insure a suitable ouvir orment for the physical well being and mental development ut the pupils. However, owing In the rapid increase in our enrollment, it be? came evident two years ago that additional room would have In be provided. Alter a careful survey of the situation the school board proposed a bond issue for the erection of an additional building. This building is now being constructed near the pres? ent one. When completed, lite new structure will afford six class rooms, study hall, four laboratory rooms, principal's oflice, library, and teachers' rest room. The high school department will be transferred to this new building at the opening of school next September. Enrollment and Attendance In order to convey a clear idea of our recent growth 1 submit the following statistics: Our total enrollment of white children for the month of October, 1010, was It^Jl, while for the same month this year it is 77f>, showing an increase of l?'2, or 24 per cent. During the same period our high school enrollment went from S.S to 125, an increase of 12 per cent in the two years. As regards enrollment and attendance our school Stauda high when coin pared with the other schools of the county. Following is a state? ment of the enrollment and at? tendance in the six liiglt schools of Wise county for the month of October, which Superintendent Kelly has just sent out : Octolior Percoiitnge Knrollin't At lernt'noo Wine 472 9A.M Iii? Stoup Gap 839 04. IB Norton 870 92.64 Appal&chia TIS 92.84 t'oiiburn 897 ?0.07 Kasit Stono Clap ;ilt 811.00 The Teaching Stell Our teaching staff is made up entirely of professionally trained teachers. At present all except one of our seventeen teachers have had not less than two years of callage or normal school train Big Stone Gap Public School Building Near this building is now in course of erection a forty thousand dollar stone High School Building. When.completed Big Stone Cap will have among the best and most up to date public, .school buildings in the state. ling in addition to liigli school graduation. Kaeh of the four high rcI.i instructors holds tha Bachelor's degree from an itc creditod flaps A college The average salary of the teachers of Big Stone Gap schools including the principal is .* 121.00 per month lor BOSsioil of nine mouths. Oil this basis the people ate pay? ing $2.97 per month for the su? pervision and instruction of each child act (tally in school. Course of Study Tim course of instruction pro? vided by the Stale Board of K.l ueation is being followed. In addition to the basal subjects required by the state, we have public.school music-, health in? spection, home economics, draw? ing and agriculture. Beginning with next year the agriculture and homo economics courses will receive much more attention, this school having been designat? ed to receive the Smith ?IIughes aid for vocational education. Accordingly, f?ll laboratory equipment and special instruct? ors will be secured for giving these courses. The high school is fully accred? ited by the State Hoard "of Edu? cation; which means that our graduates enter the colleges and universities without further ex? amination. At this time grad? uates of our school may be found pursuing courses in the follow jug higher institutions: The Vir? gillitt I'olytechnie Institute, Vir? ginia Military Institute, Univer? sity of Virginia, Washington and Lee University, Ittttidolpli-Maoon Woman's College, Martha Wash? ington College, The Und ford Stale Normal and William and Mary College. Student Activities In handling a large number of pupil-, bucIi as we are culled on to do in the modern consolidated school,-it is very necessary that provision be made for a number of student activities. Such ac? tivities should provida a health? ful and beneficial outlet for the surplus energy of the growing boy and girl. In our school we endeavor to give every b?y and girl a chance to participate" in some form of physical drill, or organized ath? letics. The students yearly or? ganize mid support teams in base hall, basket hall and track. Physical drills, folk-dancos, ami si111j>lci- games arc given by the teachers in the lower grades. All play and athletics is supervised by the teacher, During the past two years we have -pent inure than $ llJOO.Ot) Ter equipment and other athletic expense-;. Most of this amount has beeil raised by giving entertainments which were gntlen up largely by the students Ihoilisclvos under the supervision of the teacher. Every Friday morning a spec? ial program is given in the chapel by the pupils of sonic grade. The high school students usually put on at least one good play some time during the year. To their other literary activities the high School this year has begun the publication of a school paper. Tili? paper comes out every two weeks and the project thus far has been entirely successful. The Scliinil Hoard and the Community As principal of the school, I desire to express the sincere ap? preciation of the faculty for the splendid co-operation and sup 1>?>rt wo have had froni Uio selinol board ami I lie community, The grogress ami rapid growth of the school has beeil due largely to the personal attention given to problems connected with the school by members ?f the Rchool board. The community league, also,* has beoii very active in its ellorts to help the school. This organization lust year raised inure than f&OO.OO which was spent for various school improve? ments. The ministers of I ho dill'ereiit churches have cOllle regularly with their messages of encouragement ami inspiration. After all, a successful school, whoe ver found, is the result of a united and harmonious ell'orl on the part of all concorned. 1 he Colored School. In addition to what has been said above, 1 might say the town maintains a very good two-room colored school. The building is the best of its kind in h l -iilt,/. an I the colored children have a nine months' term. The school is orderly and itbo attendance is food. Big Stone Gap ,ll> R. B. McOeokln.) I( is a far cry from the "Three Forks" of Daniel Boone days; from '?The Gap" of "Lonesome Pino" days, or "Imboden City" of General huboden days, to the present delightful vista of ele? gant homes and bustling business houses now known as Big Stone Gap, the beautiful. Is it any wonder that the spell of the place is woven around the hearts of every resident? The matchless natural beauty of the I.road valley encircled by majes? tic mountains, is a revelation to the new-comer, for there are but few places in this great country that can compare uith it. The high altitude and abun? dance of pure, freestone water insure it- hcalthfulncss for all time. It- shady streets, beauti? ful gardens, and its wealth of native rhodendrou and mountain laurel delight the eye, and Add immeasurably to the charm of the place. The mountain scen? ery, winding roads, and tumbling streams of the surrounding coun? try would of themselves be an irresistible attraction to tourists, and the day is not far distant when we shall see grand hotels idominating the most desirable view points. Tin' Kuoxville-lronton high? way, when Completed, will open the way for travel through this Woudcrfill section. Being about half-way on the road to Florida, the winter luecca of so many tourists, llig Stoiio Gap will of? fer a welcome stopping place in which to break the strain of the long road; and the charm of our city and surroundings will be widely advertised. Summer and permanent homes will be built by many to whom will appeal the hcalthfuluess, interesting scenery, and the romance and history of the place. The busi? ness opportunities presented by the resources in coal, iron, tim? ber, building stone, cement stone, brick shales, and medicin? al springs, will attract capital and industry. The coal territory trihutory to Big Stone Gap's Post Office Building When this building was erected in 1908 it cost one hundred and twenty five thousand dollars. At the present time it would cost almost a quarter of a million. United States Court for the Western District of Virginia is held in this huilding. Big Stone (.Jap is the greatest in the United States and needs only a better outlet to the seaboard to insure a great foreign trade. Government tests confirm our claim that the coal of this sec? tion is unsurpassed for the Pro? duktion of steam, gas and by? products. Its coke is without superior for use in the manufac? ture of steel, and hundreds of cars of coal for this purpose are daily going north and west. So important is this particular fea? ture, that the United States Steel Corporation has recently built a ?'ID million dollar coal mining town at Lynch, Ky., just eight miles from Big Stone (lap. Of equal importance are the many individual plants scatter? ed throughout our valleys, pro ducing the largest volume in the stale of coal for domestic and commercial markets, These plants evidence the virility and industry of our Cltizons, who claim also the unusual distinc? tion of producing all this volume of coal without the friction and strife ?ir prevalent in other sec? tions. (treat water powers surround us, and by recent inventions power can bo made cheaply avail? able at the mines' mouth, mak? ing ideal conditions for various industries. The Taubol -Scott - Kitziniller Hosiery Mill is the latest acqui? sition. This is one of a long string of mills owned by this company which is operating un? der a capital of ?0,000,000; An iron furnace is located at the edge of town, capable of utiliz? ing (ho iron ore found here, which analyzes the' same as the iron (if Birmingham. An extract plant is located on the opposite border, ami our saw mills and planing mills are able to care for the building trade. The great Stonoga Uoko & t'oal Company, the largest producing company in the stale; the Virginia Coal t& linn Company, the Interment Coal A Iron Company, the Black Mountain Mining Company, the South Sc West Coal & Coke"Com? pany ami the Interstate Bail road Company all have (heir homo of llcoa here. Cur stores art' up to dftle, and the Big Stone Gap Post chronicles our news. The town ami industries for miles around are supplied with light and power by the Klectric Trans? mission Company of Virginia, a branch of the Kentucky Utili? ties Company, One can not fail to appreciate I the numerous churches and the religious atmosphere of this place, while (lie magnificent schools are the pritle of our citi? zens. A grand athletic Held is accessible directly from tin.li? ter nf town, and all of (be usual lodges ant in nourishing condi? tion. We have also the leagues and the associations usually identified with progressive cities, und their activities have (lone much for this place. Plans are on foot now for lo? cating an Immense brick and tile plant, a hotel, and a motor? ized fire department, A large cement plant will also material? ize in the near future. The greatest building year in our his? tory is just ahead, and we confi? dently look forward to a gener? ally prosperous future. Thou siinds.of tons of supplies and food for the mines pass through the city adding to its commer? cial importance, Building stone and clay deposits of line quality in abundance insure cheap build? ing facilities. The Louisville & Nashville, the Southern and. the Interstate Railroads open our markets to the world. Small wonder if wo feel a pride > in being a part of this community. Don't you think we are justified in our pride? Why shouldn't we advertise the facts? It does us good to stop and count our blessings. '