SEGMENT: CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Charles Shuman>UIS Collection S>UIS Collection S, Segment 13

SEGMENT: CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & SOCIAL ACTIVITIES,

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CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Special teachers, Donald Butler, university trained and an athlete and Mrs. Lovington, a music teacher, instilled interest in students in these studies. As result, schools prepared students well for high school and college. Self-reliance was built as students had to concentrate in class while other groups recited.
SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
In 1853 activities were not organized; mostly farm work related like barn raisings and threshing with parties afterward through the 1930s. Schools had PTA were local with monthly meetings with programs such as recitals or guest speaker and refreshments. Box suppers' fun was for the guys to bid for their favorite girl's box. Easter and Christmas programs. When PTAs waned when population decrease, Farm Bureau organized Community Clubs. Night programs meant lighting by Coleman gasoline pressure lamps with an ash mantle that gave off bright light.