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Mail Tribune 100

Dec. 5, 1914

Perhaps the best public school children's performance ever seen in Medford was enacted at the Page Friday afternoon when the pupils of the Roosevelt school presented Swedish folk games in native costumes. The songs, games and dances reproduced showed careful training and conscientious endeavor on the parts of the children and won applause from the large audience.

The performance concluded with the playlet "The Elf Child" in which little Pauline Johnson as the elf and Bruce Putnam as the herb gatherer, showed dramatic ability. The concluding fairy dance was one of the prettiest scenes of a delightful performance.

A great deal of credit should be given the teachers for their untiring efforts in training the children. It may not be generally known, but it is a fact that children in the primary grade do not even know how to skip. The performance demonstrated the need children have for such training, and the amount of work necessary to produce satisfactory results.

That there is a strong dramatic instinct in children was clearly demonstrated by those taking part in "The Elf Child." The study and presentation of wholesome and inspiring drama will direct young minds in better channels of thought and action giving them at the same time a poise and self command that will prove invaluable in later life.

Aside from the fact that the object of the entertainment was a very worthy one, the parents of this district should congratulate themselves that their children have had such an opportunity for physical, mental and artistic development.

Teachers' examinations for state certificates at Jacksonville will be held as follows:

Commencing Wednesday, December 16, 1914, at 9 o'clock a.m. and continuing until Saturday, December 19, at 4 o'clock p.m.

Wednesday forenoon — Writing, U.S. history, physiology; afternoon, physical geography, reading, composition, methods in reading, methods in arithmetic.

Thursday forenoon — Arithmetic, history of education, psychology, methods in geography; afternoon, grammar, geography, American literature, physics, methods in language, thesis for primary certificate.

Friday forenoon — Theory and practice, orthography, English literature, chemistry; afternoon, school law, geology, algebra, civil government.

Saturday forenoon — Geometry, botany; afternoon, general history, bookkeeping.