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THE DRAGON The “DRAGON” Staff: The Fairmont Annual has long since won an enviable position among high school publications: yet all indi¬ cations point to the 1929 issue as surpassing previous editions. We are proud of Fairmont, its faculty, its students, its spirit, its “DRAGON. " Most sincerely yours. C. W. PLESSINGER, County Supt. of Schools. The “Dragon " is an index to the rapid development of Fairmont. The year 1920 saw a class of nine stu¬ dents graduate from Fairmont. Nine short years later sees a graduating class of sixty. This development is a challenge to all of us! It is our duty to place Fairmont among the foremost senior high schools of the state. DWIGHT L. BARNES, Supt. Van Buren Twp. Schools. Four
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THE DRAGON Cjfairmonf s Cjfuture 1 he number of students attending Fairmont has increased from about fifty to over three hundred in the last decade. During this expansion in pupil population, an expansion has like¬ wise taken place in its curriculum, its faculty, and particularly in its extra-curricular activities. Fairmont has set for itself a high standard in all its various fields of endeavor. By so doing it has achieved for itself an enviable position among the high schools of the county and state. But no institution can stand still. It moves either forward or backward. If Fairmont is to move forward, certain problems must, in the opinion of its principal, be solved and certain plans be outlined for its future growth. Most important among these would be a building program to overcome its crowded and unsatisfactory conditions. Housed in a building erected for one hundred and fifty students and lacking many of the facilities of a modern high school, it cannot grow scholastically or otherwise. Van Buren is rapidly being dotted by well-built and beautiful homes. The spirit of prog¬ ress and growth is seen on every hand. Why should not this spirit of progress and love of beauty be embodied in its high school building as well? This township could have and should have a model high school in its building, its equip¬ ment, and its organization. Our boys and girls have the right to expect and to receive the very best training possible in physical, mental, and moral growth. Since the majority of its students do not plan a college career, a building should be provided that would have facilities for training in the vocations most likely to be entered by its graduates. Courses should be offered in as many voca- t.onal fields as its size would justify. More should be added as its size increased. Shops and laboratories of various types should be provided so that such courses as metal working, printing, commercial art, salesmanship, auto repair, etc., could be offered. Any new building should be flexible to make possible future additions of such things as a large library, swimming pool, and additional shops. These facilities should be made available at night to those forced out of day school because of financial or other reasons. Another outstanding problem which must be solved if Fairmont is to grow is that of trans¬ portation. Bus transportation should be fur¬ nished at public expense for all students living more than one and a half miles from its build¬ ing. At the present time many students, be¬ cause of poor transportation facilities, cannot complete their education or must frequently be absent or tardy. This program may seem like a dream. Manv progressive communities have adopted such a program and plan for the future. It will cost money to be sure. But what is more worthy than the education and preparation of our future citizens? J. E. PRASS, Principal. Five
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