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Mail Tribune 100

Dec. 24, 1917


No. 37, or Long Mountain school, is a little school out in the chapparal brush about three miles from Eagle Point. The building is not a modern one, and can be reached only by crossing a mud flat. The school, however, is working along very modern lines, having introduced some of the newest features in education. The community there is awake to this fact and is becoming proud of its school.

The teacher, Miss Jessie Chauncey, has instituted what proves to be a very effective way of encouraging personal care and courtesy on the part of the children. She places a star on the board each day for a pupil who has kept his hands and face clean, brushed his teeth in the morning, comes to school with a clean handkerchief, helps mother or father with the work, gets up with a smile, and does a few other things of like character. The use of correct language at all times is given proper credit and with very desirable results.

The school room is decorated by the children, each pupil or group of pupils having charge of a certain portion of the work. There may be a lack of harmony at times, but with the counsel of the teacher the children keep the room attractive and are benefited, of course, by the experience of doing the work. Picture study and other forms of work are carried on in connection with room decoration.

They have recently begun to serve hot lunches at the Long Mountain school, and indications are that it will add one to the successes in that line. The pupils bring cold sandwiches and other articles as they may choose, then with that they have at noon, a bowl of hot soup or some other hot dish prepared at school.

Members of the agricultural class are raising various kinds of plants for study. Ornamental plants are raised with those for study, just to make the boxes and the room more attractive.

The pupils and their teacher are now laying plans for industrial club work, to begin soon after the Christmas vacation.