Potter School - Shield Yearbook (San Francisco, CA)

 - Class of 1917

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- x THE POTTER SHIELD immediate use to the nation the moment they are called upon. .There Wlll be 110 need to waste time in showing them the fundamentalsof the training, but, on the other hand, they will be able to show others. They will enter the service as non- commissioned officers, and will have a big advantage over the raw recruit. There is no getting around the fact that some of us may have to g0, SO Why 110t PTCUMQ now? It will not only help our country, but will make lt a great deal more pleasant for ourselves when the time comes. A The fellows here are doing their share. Mr. Potter has been able. to get us Sergeant Miller from the United States Army, .and with the cooperation .of the student body back of him he has already organized a company that prOm1SGS to do the school justice. This is a time when military training IS more important .than athletics, and everyone should realize its necessity. We can't have proper tra1n1ng if everyone tries to get out of it, so it's up to us to help Uncle Sam win by doing "our bit." GN Thursday, November the fifteenth, a movement to form a Boy Scout Troop here at school was started. A meeting was held of all boys of this school who were interested in the idea. About thirty-five fellows attended, some of whom were already scouts. Mr. Goodwin, scoutmaster of the crack troop of San Francisco, who is going to lead our troop also, was present, and he immediately proceeded to organize the "rookies" into different platoons. The boys were then given a short drill in close formation marching, and the troop was started on its way to become the pride troop of the city. The SHIELD is a strong advocate of the Boy Scout movement. It is a good thing. It gives the boys a new interest. It keeps them off the streets. It furnishes something to do for those boys who do not partake in athletics here at school. It teaches boys much practical knowledge and gives them a chance to put what they learn into practice. Above all, it instils in the boys some good, sound princi- ' ples, which, if followed out, will make successful men out of these boys. The SHIELD hopes and believes that the troop that is being organized will do the school justice, and eagerly awaits the time when the Potter School Troop will be recognized as the best scout troop in San Francisco. EVERYBODY in this country today is helping to win the war by saving the food. This economy is being practised in every home, hotel and restaurant through- out the country. We practise it here in school. WVe have our meatless day, our sugarless day, and our wheatless day. We are doing our small bit to help America in this war. A But we can do more than this for our country. We can make ourselves into useful men. America today is calling millions of her sons to serve under her standards. As some of this number will undoubtedly be killed we should fit our selves to take the places of these men. To do this, we must save more than food, we must save time. Look at it in this way. There are approximately one hundred and twenty-five boys in the. upper school. Let us be conservative and say that each boy wastes onl ten min t f h l ' ' ' y u es to sc oo time each day. This means that in the upper school alone there are being wasted daily over twenty hours that might otherwise be util- ized in fitting ourselves to serve our country. How many times is the expression heard in school' 'KI havenlt 0'ot time." Why hasni t a boy time? It is because he is not systematic. He does nat plan his wor . ' in a vance nd, finally, whenever he does study, he does not apply himself exclusively to the matter in hand. When he is supposed to be studying, he thinks about the wonderful brand of football that he is going to put up that afternoon. When the time for football comes he has to stay in school a d l ' , . 7 elf- tl . 7 'lx that he did not do in the morning. H mil Q up le ll O1 H 'Sins kind of work' does not pay. Tt hurts the boy, it hurts the school, and na y, it hurts the United States. For if the boy does this sort of work in school, he Six

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