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WATER AND ITS INFLUENCE ON MAN
THROUGH THE AGES
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. WE GRATEFULLY DEDICATE THIS BQOK
We, the graduating class of l954, are proud to
dedicate this year book to Mr, Axlerod and Mr.
Hayes, Kensington's co-assistant principals, to
express our appreciation and gratitude for their
unselfish and unbiased administration. These two
noble men have collaborated with harmony because
they have astonishingly similar ideals of education.
Mr. Axlerod believes that the purpose of an educa-
tion is "to develop a responsible citizen", Mr.
Hayes, that it is "to enable one to take a responsible
place in a democracy."
Mr. Axlerod is happy about his transfer to
Kensington last year, he considers it a wonderful
experience with the children and faculty. Partici-
pating in sports himself and deeply interested in
people, he urges students to strive for scholarships,
to "become identified with the community through
political, social, athletic, and religious activities."
Mr. Axlerod loves outdoor life, camping, chess, and
television and enjoys summer with his family at the
lakeshore. He is doing graduate work at the Uni-
versity of Buffalo for a Doctorate in Education.
We shall always remember the faith Mr. Axlerod
has in the modern generation, his belief that we
are healthier, better informed and educated, better
behaved, and likely to become better persons than
our predecessors. All through our lives we shall
respect his high ideals and persistently weave them
into our pattern of life,
Mr. Hayes has been very successful in arousing
our enthusiasm for the democratic and social func-
tions of our school. His interests lie in sports,
records, and young people, his educational pursuits
include earning a Doctor of Education degree at the
University of Buffalo. Sincerely, he believes that
our generation is more generous, enthusiastic, and
interested in various activities than his own and is
comparably cooperative and willing.
All through the year he has been an advisor, an
exponent of democracy, and a friend. What we
have learned from his examples of indefatigable
endeavor, initiative, cooperation, and perseverance
manifested by the dances, attractive cafeteria dec-
orations, and the formation of a Student Council,
we shall practice in the future. We have assumed
the responsibilities related to these privileges.
This is in accordance with Mr. Hayes' theory of
education: "The success of our educational pro-
gram is determined by the success with which our
young people are trained to take their places as
morally, socially, and civically responsible citizens
in a democracy. To succeed in this aim the school
should teach democracy not merely by precept but
also by example."
When we leave Kensington we will take all our
precious memories with us. Among these will be
the kindness, helpfulness, consideration, and under-
standing of Mr. Axlerod and Mr. Hayes. With their
moral support backing our generation we shall face
the challenge of life without fear.
"The words of a man's mouth are deep waters,
The fountain of wisdom is a gushing stream."
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INTRODUCTION TO THE THEME
THIS YEAR, "WATER AND ITS IMPORTANCE TO MAN THROUGH THE AGES" IS THE THEME OF OUR
THE BIBLE SAYS, "lN THE BEGINNING GOD CREATED THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH. AND THE
EARTH WAS WITHOUT FORM, AND VOID: AND DARKNESS WAS UPON THE FACE OF THE DEEP. AND
THE SPIRIT OF GOD MOVED UPON THE FACE OF THE WATERS."
NOW, AS THEN, WATER IS OF PRIME IMPORTANCE TO MAN. LIFE AND WATER ARE INSEPARABLE.
LIFE BEGAN IN THE PRIMEVAL SEA. THE MAJORITY OF LIVING THINGS ARE STILL IN THE OCEANS.
OUR WORLD IS WHAT WATER HAS MADE IT.
WATER CAN BE CALLED THE COMMON DENOMINATOR OF THE ENTIRE PHYSICAL WORLD -
ACCOUNTING FOR SEVENTY PER CENT OF OUR BODIES. IT SUSTAINS AND NOURISHES ALL FORMS
OF LIFE. A UNIOUE SOLVENT, IT IS AT THE HEART OF ALL CHEMISTRY AND INDUSTRY. A LEVELER
OF MOUNTAINS AS WELL AS THE VERY MAKE-UP OF THE SEAS, WATER TO A LARGE EXTENT HAS
DETERMINED WORLD GEOGRAPHY, AND THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC LIFE OF NATIONS.
WATER-MAN HAS WORSHIPPED IT, TOLD TIME BY IT, CONTROLLED IT, MADE POWER FROM
IT, DRUNK IT, AND SAILED ON IT. TODAY MAN FACES A SERIOUS PROBLEM - THE CONSERVATION
OF WATER. RECKLESS WASTE AND SHAMEFUL POLLUTION HAVE DEPLETED HIS LIOUID RESOURCES.
NOW HE MUST CONSERVE OR PERISH.
WATER DOES NOT NEED MAN: BUT MAN CANNOT EXIST WITHOUT WATER. SO LONG AS MEN
INHABIT THE EARTH, THEIR SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS WILL, IN A LARGE MEASURE. DEPEND UPON HOW
WISELY AND HOW WELL THEY CONTROL AND USE WATER.
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