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7, Number 4 Greenbelt, Maryland, September 11, 1942 - Five Cent* WPB Says 'No’ To New School Plans Salvage Drive Will Collect All Metal and Rubber Scrap At Shopping Center Next Week Scrap rubber and scrap metal will be gathered by Greenbelters next week in a drive geared to the nation-wide salvage campaign. To help win the war local residents are asked to once more search their attics, basement locker rooms, closets and ether premises for metal and rubber ob jects no longer requqired for regular use. Suitable bins will be placed in the Shopping Center Wednesday fo" the collections Arthur Rysticken, command er of the Civilian Defense Corps, announces. Better Organized Contrasted with previous sal vage drives in Greenbelt—the one for old aluminum and the more extended one for waste paper—the present plans are more completely organized. The first rubber collec tion which ended in July probably cleared most of that scrap, it was acknowledged by present salvage heads, but it is thought that more has accumulated since then, and that additional sources may be tapped now. Procedures are simple for next week’s drive. Residents are asked •to •bring to the collection depot in the Shopping Center all metal and rubber scrap which can be carried. Pieces or collections weighing too much to be carried will be col lected by notifying Mr. Rysticken or calling Greenbelt 2771. Town trucks will be used tjutrangport the heavy loads to the o^HHttkcenter. a permanent c Iren^*^* w ly accumulated mevtti or rubber can then be turned in for salvage without further delay. Mr. Rysticken reveals that town employees are already at work cleaning up scrap from the ware houses, town garages and offices, and even from the surrounding woods. Boy Scouts and others will be asked to comb the countryside around the town. Any proceeds from the sale of salvaged material will be used for the funds of the Civilian Defense Corps. 6.C.JL To Play Troth Aid Consequences Monday night’s meeting of the , Citizens Association will be mostly fun and frolic, we are informed. From 8:15 to 8:30 Walter Slocum will lead group singing. The busi ness meeting will follow, and Pres ident Stan Ostler has announced that it will ba limited to one hour. At 9:30 Mr. Radinsky will di rect a “Truth and Consequences” program for which prizes will be awarded. This is to be followed at 10 o’clock by singing games and folk dances. This is the first autumn meeting of the Association. Like the other monthly meetings of the organi zation, this one will bq held in the Auditorium. New residents in par ticular are urged to attend, since the Association’s membership au tomatically includes all Green belters. President Ostler has predicted that if Monday night’s entertain ment is enjoyed by a good crowd it will become a regular part of each meeting in the future. County Board Inspects Cheverly Hospital Site Tentative selection by the Prince Georges County Commissioners Wednesday of a 10-acre site in Cheverly practically ends Green belt hopes of having the 100-bed county hospital located here. Final approval by Federal Works Agency officials is expected for the location within a few days. A 50-bed nurses home will be built with the hospital, and the combined plant will be paid for out of Federal funds but operated by the county. September Dance To Aid Russian War Relief Fund A Russian War Relief Dance will be held Saturday night, Sep tember 19, in the auditorium, un der the sponsorship of the Green belt Citizens’ Association. All profits obtained from the dance will be turned over to the Russian War Relief, Inc., as Greenbelt’s contribution to the quota of SIOO,- 000 assigned the Washington area in the current drive to swell the Russian War Relief Fund. The decision to dedicate the proceeds ofthe dance for this purpose was • the eyfSfijve.,eommittee of the association after a letter in behalf of the cause addressed to the Town Council was referred to it. Jim Smith, chairman of the or ganization’s ways and means com mittee, is scouting around for a suitable band. The one selected will be announced in next week’s Cooperator. Additional entertain ment and refreshments are also being planned. Radio Publicity A strong publicity campaign is being developed in order to obtain a fine turnout. Most of the morn ing radio programs in the vicinity will announce the affair during the coming week and on the day itself. A descriptive movie short, with commentation by Quenton Reyn olds, explaining the need for citi zen contributions to the fund, will probably be shown at the local the ater. Arrangements for securing this picture are now being com pleted. Posters will publicize the dance in Berwyn and College Park, as well as in Greenbelt. Tickets are to cost 50 cents each and will soon be on sale. “We hope Greenbelt’s contribu tion to this most worthy cause will be a sizable one,” said Stanley Ost ler, Association president. "The Russians are fighting our war right now, as well as their own, and they desperately need all the assistance we can give them, in cluding ammunition, medical at tention and food if they are to carry on.” 7 Adult Classes Begin Monday Might Adult education classes starting Monday, September 14, are tenta tively scheduled as follows: Class Room School Typing and Shorthand Typing High Home Mechanics (Industrial Art) Shop High Spanish 222 Elem. Sewing and Nutrition Home Ec. Elem. Standard First Aid 223 Elem. Public Speaking 123 Elem. Pottery basement of 21 Parkway All classes will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p. m., Mondays and Wed nesdays. Local Cooperatives Will Participate In D. C. Conference A program which combines en tertainment and instruction has been planned for those the Annual Conference of Qdsf-\ eratives to be held SeptenriSgjp-i9 and 20 at the Americaiwßniver sity, Nebraska and Massachusetts Avenues, N. W. Ba All Greenbelt intejj,- s ested in cooperatives art Invited to attend. Three Greenbe It lzations are already working- out; details of their participation. The Conference will open with outdoor recreation on the campus Saturday afternoon followed by dinner in the University Dining Hall at 6:15. Reservations for the dinner at $1 per plate should be made by Tuesday, September 15, with the D. C. Cooperative League, telephone REpublic 1078. Those who care to do so may bring a picnic lunch and remain for the evening program. Benjamin Will Speak. R. N. Benjamin will be the prin cipal speaker of the evening. Mr. Benjamin is executive secretary of the Farm Bureau Cooperative As sociation of Pennsylvania and a teacher at the Rochdale Institute of New York . Games and folk dancing will conclude Saturday’s activities. Frank Lastner, president of Greenbelt Consumer Services, Inc., will preside over one group and panel discussion to be held Sun day morning. These discussions have been planned by Mrs. Linden S. Dodson, Tessim Zorach and Mrs. Evelyn Cooper. They will in clude a panel on “Management Problems” in which members of the Greenbelt Consumer Services management staff will take part. The Greenbelt Cooperator and the Heath Association will be repre sented at the conference and an invitation is extended to the other local cooperative organizations to participate. Lunch will be served on the campus at noon Sunday. At 4 p.m., Mr. Ellis Cowling, education director of Consumer Service of New York will speak in Herst Hall. Mr. Cowling is the author of “Cooperatives in Amer ica” and “Short Introduction to Cooperation.” Any one interested in transpor tation to the conference should call Mrs. Dodson, Greenbelt 2801, or the Greenbelt Consumer Serv ices office. The Wesley Heights bus, which picks up passengers at Dupont Circle, goes directy to American University. A complete program for the con ference may be obtained at the GCS office. Male Shortage Cats Nail Deliveries Mail deliveries in Greenbelt have been reduced to one a day, says Postmaster George Bryant, as a part of a “national policy result ing from a shortage of men’”. This accounts for the delivery of mail at a later time in the day than was the case when home delivery was first instituted. This condition, however, is not a permanent one and only those communities in which it is found necessary will the reduction be maintained. Postal receipts have decreased slightly in recent weeks. This is partly because many Greenbelt cit izens bought supplies ahead in co operation with the effort to get a second-class rating here with de livery of mail, and partly because this is naturally a slack season for all post offices. There is no danger of the delivery being withdrawn even though receipts should drop to a point below the amount re quired to first establish the routes. “Once delivery is started it is not discontinued,” Postmaster Bryant said. Greenbelt Faces Double Shifts For Teachers and Students As Overcrowding Becomes Acute Schools will continue to be crowded beyond capacity in ' ;,Greenbelt. Town Manager Roy S. Braden reports that he has-tye&i informed unofficially that construction on the new elemefvt&ty school and the addition to the high school has ’ bts£n held'up pending further information as to the load that ’ \fio.be cafried by present school facilities. t *'lt was indicated that the War Production Board would allowcnQ new construction of buildings unless and until all j jat’.festeo*' school facilities are being used at 200 per cent Fundi Are Available Local Schools Show Record Enrollments Enrollment in every department of the Grenbelt schools is already much higher than ever befrre and the figures are expected to increase continuously as new families move into the defense homes this fall. Paul C. Barnhart, principal of Greenbelt High School, announced that 300 students reported for school this week. According to Mrs. Catherine T. Reed, principal of the Elementary School, there were 563 children in the first seven grades. Mrs. Mary Jane Kinzer reports that the Kindergarten class had 106 youngsters registered by Tues cay and more are expected daily. The Nursery School will begin Monday, September 28, under the instruction of Miss Ruth Lieber gott and will meet in. the basement of 14 Reg istration forms and information may be secured in the Administra tion Office. Mrs. Kinzer also announces that she attended two conferences last week in the interest of , Child Care Center which has been pro posed for Greenbelt. No further progress is reported toward the establishment of the Center. It is hoped that in families where both parents are working and a child is left at home, the application blank which was sent out to all Greenbelt homes will be filled in and returned to Mrs. Kinzer’s of fice immediately. It has been pointed out that the proposed set up would enable parents to leave the child in trained hands from the time they leave home in the morning until they return after working hours. Dance in Center Tomorrow Night Old Jupe Pluvius stepped in, as he has done so many times this summer, and washed away the jam session scheduled for Labor Day evening. The delay gave Recreation Di rector Ben Goldfaden time to se lect a few more hot records for the coming dance. It is planned to add new recordings to the collec tion as the weeks go on. Mr. Goldfaden states that the postponed street dance will take place tomorrow evening from 8 to 10 p. m., in the Shopping Center plaza. There will be no charge. Greenbelt 6arkeners Win Honors at Grange Show Several Greenbelt gardeners came home with prizes from Tues day night’s vegetable and flower show at I’eltsville. The one-night fair was sponsored by the Belts ville Grange. Linden S. Dodson won two blue ribbons for his wax beans and or namental gourds. O. A. Zoellner was awarded his egg plant and S was awarded blue ribbons on his egg plant and green and red pep pers. It is understood that funds are available for the construction of the town’s second elementary school and for enlarging Green belt High School. Bids have been received after long delays, and the contracts are ready to be awarded. WPB, charged with the duty of conserving building materials, re fuses to permit fulfilment of pres ent plans until further justification is shown. Double the present student ca pacity, suggested as the point at which over-crowding would merit further attention by WPB, would be 900 boys and girls in the ele mentary grades. With the open ing of school this week complete figures of enrollment should be available in a few days. The im minent arrival of additional resi dents to occupy the remainder of the new defense houses is expected to increase enrollment significantly by the end of the year. 1/ Increase Seen In commenting upon the diffi culty of determining at this time the sizcVof school enrollment by the epd’jf year Mr. Braden said, “It"# > expected that within another vntjek 244- of-, these new homes will'T/e ready, and that the balance will follow within & short period of timfe until the entire 704 additional defense homes are oc cupied. The entire group may be filled by December 1." This is expected to push the number of students well over the 200 per cent of capacity mark in both the grade and the high school. Two Shifts Probable Although there are several al ternatives which might be used in the present crisis, it is believed that two shifts of students with the present buildings, furnishings and teachers presents the least ob jectionable arrangements. It is admitted that this will place an added burden upon parents, the children, teachers, and janitors. In connection with the latter there will have to be cleaning services hurriedly applied between shifts. Although school authorities are working on plans for a double shift arrangement many problems remain to be soi sd. An additional complication, Mr. Urnd''-’ told the Cooperator, is found in the shortage of meeting space for civic organizations and community activities. “In most towns the size of Greenbelt there are halls, churches, and other pub lic meeting paces that can be util ized, but here we have only one place for all our social, religious, educational, and recreational ac tivities,” he explained. Announced in January First public announcement that Greenbelt would have new schools to match the new houses was made in January. At that time an appropriation of $450,000 was authorized by the Federal Works Agency at the suggestion of Farm Security Administration. The new school was to be located in the new area of homes between North way and Research Road. It was to have a combined gymnasium and auditorium, and 10 classrooms to accommodate about 500 stu dents. Six new rooms and a gymnasium were to have been added to Green belt High School.