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The Laurens advertiser. (Laurens, S.C.) 1885-1973, April 10, 1913, SECTION 3, PAGES 17 TO 20, Image 20

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Miss Wll Lou Gray.
?Sine accepting the position of
Supervisor of Rural Schools I have
made oighty-ono visits to sixty-six
schools. I regret that three schools
closed before I could reach them. I
have now been Into every school In
the county except two, and these I
shall visit Immediately after the school
fair. A day has usually been spent In
each school, observing the work of
the pupils, oftentimes teaching, sug
gesting devices to the teacher, re-ar
ranglng prograniB, and discussing
ways of beautifying and making more
sanitary buildings and grounds. By
invitation of the teachers, the patrons
of the schools have uioi with :nc In
the afternoon. After they have seen
some of the class work, I have talked
to them on school work, pointing out
certain needed Improvements. School
Improvement associations have b( en
formed in thirty-two localities. The
vondorful work of these small bodies
will be seen when you read the figures
riven below. By means of the asso
elation, we are trying to make the1
school more of a community centre.
Each school has been graded ac
cording to the State school card. I?au
?ens county has 1 A school. 3 B
schools. 33 C schools, 21 I) schools,
14 E schools. This grading was done
ipon my first visit, before the yearly
'mprovements had been made. Since
hlB grading these schools, either
done or aided by the School Improve
ment associations, have by various
?dans and entertainments, raised the;
following amounts, which have been i
invested for improvements:
1 Laurens Graded school ..$ 225.001
2 Lauren8 Mill school .... 30.00
3 Trinity-Ridge school _ 32.00
4 Prospect school. 42.15
5 Woodrow Wilson school.. 25.00
6 Bailey school. 36.20:
7 Fleming school . 10.50
8 Copeland school. 20.50
9 Watts Will school .. .. 30.001
10 Oak Grove school. 7.00 ,
11 Lnnford school. 38.10
12 Orn school. 10.00 '
13 Patton school. 25.10'
14 Youngs school (Yfungs
No 21. 20.00 I
15 Friendship school (Youngs
No. 2). 17.00 I
16 Riddles Old Field school 10.00 j
17 Huntington school .. .. 17.00!
'8 Grays school. 57.10 j
'9 Green Pond school .. .. 21.21'
!0 Shiloh school. 23.00
21 Gray Court school .. .. 46.00
?2 Barksdalc school. 1..00
13 Princeton school. 26.10
!?4 Poplar school. 1.25
"5 Bahun school. 15.00
?'6 Hondorsonvlllo school .. 2o.no
"7 FJkom school. ?.00 ;
'8 Center Point school .. .. 10.00'
n9 Oakvllle school. 2.00 j
0 Mt. Pleasant school .... 7.00 j
1 Cross Hill school. 62.00
"'2 Long View school .. .. S.401
'3 Pine Bluff school. 16.25
"4 Wade school. '2.27
'5 Lisbon school. 16.66
" 6 Kock school. 20.30
"?7 Wadsworth school . . . . 6.SO
8 Pel fast school. 5.00
' 9 Youngs school. 7.75
?0 Benno school . g6.66
I O'Dolls school. 1.7g
'3 Musgrove school. 40.10
13 L?ngsten school. 5.60
14 Sandy Springs school . . 5.10
These figures do not Include the
amount spent, by the trustees for
dncktjortrds. desks, maps, libraries,
^tc., honey for the establishment of
'our now libraries has been raised;
? Ighteen libraries have been Increas
ed up to this date over two thousand
iollars has beep expended for equip
ment. Each school will get credit
Cor this improvement on next years
? atlng. The only two schools I have
egraded are Prospect nnd Woodrow
Wilson?these in less than one year,
'iave raised themselves from E schools
to schools.
Six new school buildings have been
erected during in 12-13. Prospect,
Woodrow Wilson and Langston
jchools received seventy-five, sixty
; nd fifty dollars respectively as prlx
rs from the School Improvement as.
roclation of S. C. Several of the
schools are now competing for the
fdano offered by Mr. John H. Williams
of Greenville. Two districts have lev
'id ?peeial taxes, leaving only seven
< letrlcts without a special levy. The
'"Ylntty-Ridge school will vote on four
Ciouaand dollar bonds for a new
building. Rnhun, Friendship and Hon
?leraonvllle schools hope this summer
to consolidate Into an up-to-date four
teacher country school.
Laurens county has been fortunate
rn having several noted men visit Its
KChools and address the County
Teachers association?Mr. Swearin
gen. Mr. T?te, Dr. Poteat of Furman,
Dr. Snyder and Prof. Cllnkscales of
Wofford; Dr. Ward. Dr. Routh and
Solicitor Cooper; also Miss Frayser
of the Extension department of Win
throp college. It is hoped that other
lectures can be arranged before ttu
school year closes.
Aside from field work I have writ
ten for, and distributed hundreds of
farmers' Bulletins, stayed In the sup
erintendent's office when he was visit
ing schools, selected and slightly cor
rected the material for the School
Journal, answored numbers of per.
sonal letters, Bent out four circular
letters to the teachers and procured
a number of domestic science appli
ances, valued at two hundred dollars,
which I hope can be used in several
of the schools next year. A great
deal of time has been given to the
preparation of Educational Rally Day,
the County School Fair, the County
Teachers association and convention,
and the School Fair. Three visits
connected with educational matters,
have been made to Columbia.
Several of the schools are already
working along the following suggested
reforms, and I urge others to fall
In line.
1. R< cter equipment. It is impos
sible to teach intelligently without
equipment. I have found Jn some
schools, as many as thi;eo and occa
sionally four pupils sitting on one
denk. In five schools visited, the
children still sit on long benches. Un
der such conditions it is hard to
maintain discipline. The writing is
necessarily i>oor in a school of this
kind. Since we know that the appeal
through the eye is the surest method
of educating a pupil, every school
should be furnished with good boards,
maps, globes, pictures, also, for com
fort, desks, teachers' table, chair etc.
2. More thorough work and long
er terms. The average child in the
country doesn't attend school longer
than five months. The schools are
crowded, and the recitation periods,
short. Under these conditions the
pupils' progress would necessarily be
slow and yet. I find the country child
in the same grade, at the same age,
as the child who attends school nine
months, with forty-five mimic reci
tation periods. This is done at the I
expense of thoroughness. Almost
universally the children are poor read
er*. No pupil should advance from '
one first render into a second reader, j
but should read several first readers i
before advancing to the second and j
so on. Without the ability to read
well, no other subject can be master
ed. I wish to beg the parents not to
insist on the pupil's promotion until
he is thoroughly prepared. It is un
fair to the pupil, for he often be
comes discouraged and drops out of i
school. The term should be length
ened for it Is impossible to com
plete a nine months' course in five
or seven months, in Justice to the
elementary departments of our school,
no subjects above the seventh grade
should be taught In the one or two
teacher country school.
3. A larger, more permanent and
professional teaching force. The
schools in Hunter, Jacks, and Cross
Hill arc not over-crowded, but con
ditions are very bad, in this respect.
In Laurens, Dials Youngs and Water,
loo 1 know of two teachers who are
attempting to teach seventy-five to
eighty pupils, while several have six
ty. In several schools. nssi.-.tant
teachers are employed for three or
four months. This changing of teach
ers Is bad for the primary pupils. The
assistant teachers are, as a rule, so
poorly paid that a professional teach
er cannot be employed at such a sal
There are In Daurens county, one
hundred and twenty.five regular
teachers and eleven assistants. Sev
enty-two o' this number aro occupy
ing their 'vesent places for the first
time. Thit, condition should not cx
lart. When a teacher nas made good,
the trustees should recognize the fact
by offering her an increased salary.
In selecting teachers, the trustees
should be sure that they are securing
only the best type?not one who Is
making teaching a means to an end,
but one possessing the true teacher
4. Detter attendanece. In each
neighborhood visited several children
have been found who are not In school
In one school, where the enrollment
was forty.three, t/wenty of these pu
pils did not attend school forty days
during the school term. Only about
half the pupils enrolled enter Bchool
the first day. Parents should be
brought to reallzo that at any sacri
fice they should enter their children
the first day and keep them there
throughout the session.
The above are mere suggestions and
not criticisms for I think the schools
are to he congratulated on what they
have accomplished despite handicaps.
For the unrtortna courtesy extended
to me by the teachers, patron?, and
children and for the generous hospi
tality shown me, I am deeply grateful.
Wil Lou Gray,
Supor visor of Rural Schools.
Bailey School.
In 1894 Mr. M. 8. Bailey of Clinton,
gave to school district No. 4, in Lau
rens township, two acres of land for
the purpose of establishing a school.
A small building, with no modern
conveniences, was erected In the
same year, and given the name of
Ralley, in honor of Mr. Railey. The
first teacher to take charge of the
school was Mrs. A. R. Blako'.y, nee
Miss Mamie Addy. of Clinton. At
that time the only seats they had were
benches, without backs, which were
placed around the walls. This school
term lasted only two months.
Among the teachers who have
taught In this school are Miss Emma
Dial and Mr. Geo. L. Pitts, the pres
ent superintendent of education of
Laurens county. In 1905-06 the school
term was shortened, on account of
the sickness of the teacher. Miss
Dantzler. It was found necessary at
this time, to have a new building. The
trustees finding that they had a sur
plus fund, on account of the short
session of 1905-06, decided to use this
money In helping to erect the new
building. In 1907 the house was built,
with modern conveniences. In the,
same year a special two mill tax wflE
voted. For the past five sessions MuBr
Wyuona Rlley has been the principal
of the school. During four month*]
of 1912. Miss Willie May ChildreijP
was an assistant teacher. Miss Blttm
beth Simpson is the present assistant.
The number of pupils enrolled this
session is flfty-jTour, which is the
largest enrollment we have had In
five years. We have eight grades. The
length of the school term Is nine
months. Two of the Children haven't
been absent from school this session.
We have twelve subscribers to the
School Journal. On Arbor Day we
planted twenty-eight trees.
The Rural School Improvement as
sociation has for Its president Mrs.
B. B. Blakely, vice-president, Mrs. II.
L. Blakely; treasurer, Mrs. JoVn Mad
den, and secretary. Mrs. Thomas
Brown. During this session the as
sociation has raised, by various
means. $46.70. This money has been
expended, in buying a globe, pictures,
two coolers, cups, door-mat, and In
decorations for the float for the Coun
ty Fair. Our school won the first
prize for the best float, at this fair.
The prize was $10.00 and this money
was used in buying pictures.
The present trustees of the school
are Mr. R. B. Blakely, Mr. H. L. Blake
ly and Mr. John Drown.
Drive Sick Headaches I way
Sick headaches, sour gassy stom
ach, indigestion, biliousness disappear
quickly after you take Dr. King's New
Life Pills. They purify the blood and
put new life and vigor In the system.
Try them andl you will be well satis
fied. Fvery pill helps: every box
guaranteed. Price 2">c. Recommended
by Laurens Drug Co. and Palmetto
Drug Co.
Now Is the time to buy your Re
frigerator to that you will have the
use of it the entire summer. You will
be pleased with out Refrigerators end
our prices.
S. M. & R. II. Wllkos & Co.
The y,
Should be rewarded with
a present of some kind.
There is nothing more
pleasing or more lasting
than Jewelry. And there
is no better stock to select
from than ours.
Are You doing
To Give a Medal?
If so we can furnish you
with the better kind, gold
or silver and can do the
engraving in the desirable
style and promptly.
General Agent
Southeastern Life Insurance Co.
Special Agent
Southeastern life Insurance Co.
A new firm consisting of C. R. Moseley and J. A. Roland
has been organized, to handle General Insurance, Real fistate,
Stocksand Bonds.
The following companies will be represented, Southeas
tern Life, American Fire, Colonial Fire, Westchester Fire,
National Union Fire, Royal Health and Accident, Boiler,
Liability, Burglary; The Atlantic States Horse, Cattle, liogs,
Sheep, etc., and the Walton Auto Insurance.
We have several pieces of Real Estate, Stocks and Bonds
for sale now. Place your Real Estate with us, where you
are sure of having it handled to your advantage.
C. R. Noseley and J. A. Roland
Laurens, South Carolina
The Goods that have assembled here the
Spring and Summer Season must
appeal to everyone who wants
the maximum of style and
service for the mini
mum of price.
Gents9 Department!
The men and hoys who visit Laurens
are cordially Invited to visit our store
and inspect the wonderful line of
men's wearables.
All new and nobby.
Ladies' Department!
When you visit Laurens come in
and look these over.
Plain and striped Voiles
Plain and striped Ratine
Ramie Cloth
Linens, all colors.10c to ROc
Striped Precllla Crepe.10c
ladies Skirts Middy Blouses
We handle the Queen Skirt?made to
At right.
Come to our Store. We can please your critical
taste and satisfy you as to value,
style and prices.
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