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VOLUME 5,-’-nu. SEPTEMBER 19, 1940 GREENBELT, MARYIAND FIVE CENTS COUNCIL MEETS TO HEAR NURSERY SCHOOL PLANS The Council met in special session Tuesday, Sep tember 10 to consider the nursery school problem and te hear the comments of Miss Alice Vendham of Green Acres School, Bethesda. Mayor Warner, Councilwoman Taylor and Councilman Ricker were present. The possibility of the Council's entirely sup porting a nursery school was virtually abandoned on the basis that it would not benefit the Town as a whole, though it was pointed out that it would un doubtedly prove to be a general benefit and that, for that matter, the general benefits of some other Town-supported activities were questionable although the activities themselves were granted valuable. Mr. Wanner and Mr. Ricker felt, too, that the Council could not even partially support such a pro ject, requiring that the parents share the expense; it was suggested that the parents whose children benefited directly from nursery school training would be proud and glad to have a hand in its establishment. The function of the nursery school was discussed as an influence in the social development of the pre-school chilcren and Miss Mendham stated that even though few families took advantage of such an opportunity, the chilcren who did attend would tend to become leaders in their play groups and their be havior would have a beneficial effect on their play mates. she pointed out also the advantage and the logic of having the children as well as the adults in Greenbelt learn to w ork and play in co-operation. The benefits of nursery school training for the individual child were discussed with special emphas is on his social and physical development ii. the rairs ery school environment. And the value was pointed out of having the children supervised by a teacner who could handle problems impersonally where a perc ent would be emotionally involved. The meeting was attended by Mrs. Catherine T. Reed, elementary school principal, Mrs. Mary Jane Kinzer, director of adult education, Miss Olive Bremseth, kindergarten teacher, Miss Margaret Apple by, who is interested in helping start the nursery school and the committee that has been working on the project. Final action by the Council will take place at the regular meeting on September 22. Special Council Meeting Considers Town’s Fate The Town Council met Tuesday evening to determine what course of action to take about approaching Farm Security Administration in regard to a local housing authority* In addition to the Council, Walter VolcKhausen, Leslie Atkins, Harvey Vincent and Joseph Bargas are serving on the committee considering this matter. Auxiliary Installs New Officers The Greenbelt Unit 136 American Legion Auxiliary held its regular monthly meeting at the Legion Home last Thursday evening. The installation of new off icers which will take place some time in October was discussed. A report on the Red Cross sewing project was given by Mrs. Lewis Hedges. Plans were made to have the younger girls of the Community, eligible for membership in the Auxiliary, participate in the program this year. Mrs. Thomas McNamara, outgoing president, pre sented to the Unit the gavel awarded to the Unit at the recent Auxiliary Convention in Cumberland. The newly elected officers aret President, Mrs. Lewis Hedges; Ist Vice President, Mrs. Thomas Fheeman; 2nd Vice President, Mrs. Carl Day; Secretary, Mrs. Miriam Provost; Treasurer, Mrs. Orrin McOoldrick; Chaplain, Mrs. Thomas McNamara; Historian, Mrs. Mm. Hawthorne; Sargeant at Arms, Mrs. Milton Carson. Member? of the Executive Coraaittee are Mesdames Cy Turner, Adalaide Kaighn and James McCarl. Mrs. Carl Day was appointed Membership Chairman; Mrs. Everett Likens, American Chairman, and Mrs. Thom McNamara, Publicity Chairman. Others appointments will be made later. A special meeting will be held Thursday evening, September 19, at the home of Mrs. Lewis Hedges, 7-K Crescent Road. All members are urged to attend. Dance to the rhythmic tunes of Matt Matson, watch Greenbelt's ace stompers, at the Citizens' tion's first dance of the season, this Saturday. NEW CO-OP MANAGER Hb. George Hodsdon Co-op Board Appoints Hodsdon as Manager George Hodsdon, present assistant manager of Greenbelt Consumers Services, was appointed general manager at a Board of Directors faceting last Friday, The resignation of Sulc Laakso from the managership was formally accepted, Announcement to Co-op em ployees was made at e meeting Sunday evening in the Social Room, at which both Mr. Hcdsdon and !*•. Laakso spoke. The Board moved that an educational director be appointed to promote a wider, better r informed mem bersldp ir. the Co-op, and that a bookkeeper also be appointed to take care cf the bookkeeping duties which have beer, part of Mr. Hodsdon 1 s job up until now# The Manager was authorized to spend £4500 to open a variety store across the street from the drug store, and a motion was also passed providing that all employees' salaries be reviewed twice a year. G P A Board Spends Funds for New Proofing Press The Board of Directors of the Greenbelt Publish ing Association gave their approval to the purchase of a proofing press for the Greenbelt Cooperator at their meeting held September 10. Authorization was also given general manager Benjamin Rosenzweig to secure four "gooseneck" typewriter lamps and four fluorescent table lamps for the office. Funds for three new fonts of type and a "job stick" were also allotted. Elementary School Has 376 Pupils The Greenbelt Elementary School welcomed 376 youngsters on September 9# followed two days later by 80 kindergarteners. Owing to illness, 15 child ren have not yet enrolled. Cnly 9 of the pupils are non-residents of Greenbelt. The kindergarten group has two new teachers, Miss Olive Brenseth from the. University of Minne sota, and Miss Rhoda Weimevt, sister of Mrs. Robert Kincheloe, from John Stetson University. 67 students are enrolled in group One under Mrs. Loretta Alderton and Miss Betty Straining. Group Two has 114 children under Mrs. Rowena Wittaker and two new teachers, Mrs. Albert Derry from the Univer sity of California, and Miss Mattie Williford from Florida State College for Women. Group Three, with 106 pupils, is taught by Mrs. Mildred Parker, Mrs. Genevieve Gerritts, and Miss Ruby Collier. Group Four, with an enrollment of S? 9, is led by Mrs. Ruth Kane and Mrs. Marion'Hyman who received her Master's Degree from Radcliffe. CO-OH SETS *IOO,OOO SALFS BUDGET FOR QUARTER Greenbelt Consumer Services expects to do a £IOO,OOO business this quarter, according to Sulo Laakso, general manager. In the corresponding quar ter last year, the cooperative did a business of £87,000. The Greenbelt Homeowners' Cooperative is a pio neer in the field of cooperative home-building. MASS MEETING TONIGHT TO OPEN WINTER CLASSES A mass meeting to introduce the courses offered by the Department of Adult Education will be held tonight at 8:00 P.M. in the Social Itocm of the ele mentary school. The meeting will be conducted by the Citizens Association Education Committee and the instructors for the various classes will be pre sent. The sessions will be held in the evenings and are scheduled to start the first week in October. What courses are offered will depend upon the in terest shown. At least fifteen persons are required to sign up for each subject and the average atten dance must be as high as ten. A registration fee of £I.OO is charged, plus the cost of materials used. The instructors' fees are paid from a State fund devo ted to adult education. Commercial courses planned include typing, short hand, bookkeeping, Business English and accounting, credits for which will be accepted by the University of Maryland. Art instruction and different phases of Home Economics will also be offered. A projected (purse in Journalism promises to be very interest ing, as the Washington Star has offered the services of its Greenbelt reporter, John Leonard, who plans such stunts as taking the class to police courts, having them practise interviewing actual personages, and so forth. Mrs. Mary Jane Kinzer, director of adult educa tion, promises that all the courses will be enjoy able and stimulating, with instructors fully quali fied to make the work worthwhile. P T A First Fall Meeting September 30 The first regular meeting of the Greenbelt Par ent Teachers Association will be held Monday, Sept ember 23, at 8 P. M. in the school auditorium. There will be an installation of officers and a reception for the teachers. Everyone is urged to attend and renew old acquaintances and make new ones. Terpsichorean Contest Featured at Next C. A. Dance An open contest for all kinds of dancers is the attraction offered as a drawing card for the season's first dance, September 21. James C. Smith, head of the Ways and Means Committee, announces that there will be a cash prize for the winning couple in waltz and in fox trot. As usual the dance Trill be held in the Auditorium of the Elementary School, starting at 9:00 P.M and ending with the 12:30 A.M. curfew. Tickets will be 30 cents in advance or 35 cents at the door. Water Fete Successful, Though Late The water fete originally scheduled for the day after the Fair wa3 presented with huge success Tues day evening a week ago. The air was somewhat chilly but the enthusiasm of the performers and the audi ence was enough to make up for that. Music by phon ograph was provided by the loud speaker system. The amusing pageant, written and directed by Dor is Dungan of the Recreation Department, told the story of a young Jitterbug, played by Tommy Poston, who fell asleep on an island one day and dreamed he wa3 attending the College of Neptune. 'Varsity crew practice was simulated by teams of girls swimming backstroke in tandem formation, headed by a boy cox swain swisming breast stroke. The co—ed mermaids included Ora and June Donahue, Doris Henry, June Hammersla, Patty Day, Marion Benson and Miss Dun gan. "Coxes" were Jack and Donny Brewer and Herbie Hall. The girls also executed several trick forma tions which illustrated the co-eds "relaxing", name ly floats, the spinning top, pinwheel and accord ion. Co-eds "reducing" were portrayed by Miss Dun gan 's tumbling crew at the side of the pool. "Alice HLue Gcwn" was their theme song. Three clown cheerleaders were Bobby Hall, Wayne Jernberg, and Kenneth Lyles, who performed to the tune of "On the Sidewalks of New York". Marilyn Westfall, Virginia Taylor, Barbara Brown and Lois Preston stunt dived to "Song of the Islands". The expert diving of Jack and Donny Brewer was mimicked by the clowns. "Professor Divesky" illustrated fur ther the proper techniques, while "Professor Splash isky" showed the different ways one should not dive. John promoter's famous beard added greatly to the academic air with which he played the part of the absent-minded professor of lifesaving. Mr. Frontier was explaining his subject, with frequent references to his book, to J. L. Dameron, a pupil, while a fisherman, Blake Palmer, was drowning before, their eyes. The act ended with both professor and pupil being rescued by the fisherman. Miss IXingan urges those who have won life-saving emblems and swimming medals to call for them at her office in the Elementary School.