Ramblings with Yesterday's Child

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 08
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1976
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 325605
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Title Ramblings with Yesterday's Child
Description Although the Hamilton School was built in 1896, it was still fairly new in the early 1900's. However, the bare brown floors, oiled to keep the dust down, were as creaky as the wooden stair-ways. No curtains brightened the windows, and no art work for decorative purposes was used, for supplies were scarce. Presents for teachers, other than the traditional apple, were unheard of. No child had money for such luxuries. Still, some of the hardworking, more human, kinder teachers were surely rewarded for having students love and respect them. Rarely did a child "sass" or defy a teacher. Spelling matches were great fun for most children. Usually, the best spellers were selected to choose the teams to compete. These "spelling bees" were often held on Friday afternoons. Daily, written spelling tests were given, and rows which made one hundred percent were given a star on the board. Of course, every row wanted a star, but what could be done with a row that had a retarded child occupying a seat? Mabel knew what to do. Every day she slipped a small copy of the words to the big ungainly boy, and every day her row received a star. Surely that teacher must have had a spark of human kindness in her heart. A highlight in the life of every sixth-grade girl was to be sent to the third floor to spend the afternoon taking care of first grade bus children, who attended school only one-half day. Here she served as teacher, baby-sitter, and general entertainer. Perhaps this experience served as the inspiration for several young students who later became teachers. Jennie was one of the girls selected to teach. As her young charges left one day, she noticed a piece of paper lying on the floor. Since it was half folded, she opened it to see what it was before she destroyed it. The paper was a note to the mother of one of the children from her first grade teacher. It asked the mother to please bathe and clean the child before sending her to school, since the other children refused to sit by her. Jennie's face burned with shame. She could not give the note back to the teacher, nor could she give it to the child. Slowly, she crumpled it and threw it into the wastebasket. -5-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 8
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 325561
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