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Page 12 text:
As this is being written we are within four weeks of commencement. lt hardly seems
possible that the school term is so nearly over. l have heard this fact commented on by
students and teachers. "This year has gone faster than most," they say. One hears the same
comment at the close of a good entertainment, or a fast game of basketball. I believe this
means that this year in our high school has been a better year than last year. or the year
before that, or the year before that, and so on. We certainly should be thankful that this is
fo, and no doubt we are. in a general way, But. to go farther than this, there must be caus.-s
for the steady improvement which is being made in our high school, lf we pause long enough
to figure out these causes, we shall be able to devote our attention more definitely to these
factors another year, and thus to continue the improvement,
Usually, when at boy or girl does not live up to the standards set for him. the blame
is laid on the parents. We often hear it said that the faults of the children are the faults
of the parents. llow frequently we hear this. "Like father, like son" or "What more can you
expect of her? Look at her mother." This year we have very little about which to com-
plain, but a great deal in which to rejoice concerning the interest, good will. and industry of
the students. lt is only fair, then, that we direct our first word of appreciation to the
parents who have done so much toward making this a successful school year. The teachers
apprtciate every word of encouragement which has been given the students at home. as well
as every inquiry which has been made concerning the progress of the children in school.
Speaking of interest serves to remind us of the unceasing attention of the board of
directors to the work of maintaining the schools at their present high standard of equipment.
Without good equipment the teachers work with the students is greatly hamperet. We
members of the high school are therefore grateful to the school board for their devotioa to
the cause of education.
Another potent influence on the lives of the young people are the churches of Ridgway
Probalfly at no time in the history of our community has so much valuable work been done
by our Christian churches. Moreover, the Y. M. C. A.. a product of the church. with its
young peoples' organizations has valiantly supported the work of the church and school.
These great Christian institutions have had a large share in the success of this year's work
in the high school. There isn't any right thinking person, who does not realize that the work
of the teacher as well as the parent, would be immeasurably harder in a town where such
splendid institutions were not a prominent part of the community life.
As is always the case. there are some things which might be improved upon. Perhaps
it is best to mention only one of these. On most Tuesdays, and every other Friday the high
school meets for morning worship in the auditorium. Following the devotional exercises
programs of a varied nature. Some arents have attended these assembly periods, and, we
believe, have enjoyed them. We shoulil like to have a great many more parents and towns-
people join us in these morning exercises. We know that you would be even ,more interested
in the schools could you find time, now and then, to attend our assemblies. The old custom
of visiting school seems to have fallen into discard. Might it not be a good idea to revive it
Next month there is to be a great exodus from our high school. The graduating class
of over eighty people will make a big ap in our ranks, We are sorry to see them go. lt
has been a pleasure to work with them for the past three years. The final appreciative word
goes to you seniors from students and teachers alike when we thank you for your unfailing
friendliness through these years. We trust that you, too, will return to visit us after your
school days are over.
D. D. PEIRCE
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