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Cliffside High Has Part in War Program
Cliffside High Has Part in War Program
School Has Participated in All Drives Launched During Scholastic Year.
Forest City Courier, April 22, 1943
Cliffside, April 19 — Our school has been doing everything possible to help in the war effort this year. We have had many drives to arouse action. We had a scrap metal drive which was very interesting and lots of fun. We collected 92,424 pounds, which will go a good way in helping to win the war.
When there was cotton to pick, school closed at noon for the children to help the farmers gather their crops. Everyone took a great interest and picked about 72 bales or 93,545 pounds.
We also had a paper drive, tin can drive, and hosiery drive in which an unusual amount was collected. We had a Rd Cross drive, collecting $197.46. The students cooperated excellently and gave freely.
We have been buying lots of U. S. savings stamps through our school. There has been lots of money spent for stamps when otherwise the children would have bought candy or ice cream. Thus far we have bought 2808.20 worth of stamps this year. [Ed. note: Perhaps that amount was a typo; it may have been $808.20.]
Our high school has organized a Victory Corps with every student taking part. It is divided into five branches: Sea, air, land, community and productive service. We are doing lots of work toward winning the war through this course. Every home economics girl has made a Red Cross garment. Many books were collected to send to the soldiers.
Every Tuesday afternoon a group in the community service meets at the Memorial building to roll bandages for the Red Cross. Lots of utility bags have been made for the soldiers. We are now making bedroom slippers for wounded soldiers in the hospital which will be a great help to them.
Quite a few people are having Victory gardens or other farm projects. This will help to keep us healthy which means a lot to our country toward winning the war.
Through the agricultural department, several men in the community are taking a course in repair, operation and construction of farm machinery and equipment. This will save lots of money which may go for other improvements or war stamps.
We have enjoyed doing this and hope it will help to win the war. We hope and plan to do even more in the future. We realize that what we have done is only the beginning, bur we intend to continue!
We have a complete program of physical education in our school. Ninth, tenth and eleventh grade students take this course. Mr. Huss, our director, makes this course as interesting as possible so that everyone will like it. Girls as well as boys take physical education. We have three different classes.
The boys take it three times and the girls twice a week.
In taking physical education, about the first thing Mr. Huss has us to do is to run. We have a nice, long, hard run every day. This only gets us in shape to work. Then we march and drill for several minutes. Next comes exercise—ranging from riding an imaginary bicycle to duck walking. All of this is hard work but we really enjoy it. Several times we have had competitive tests in which we see who can excel in rope climbing, push ups, pull ups, fifty-yard dash and such contests.
We have a lot of new gym equipment, such as mats, ropes to climb, spring board, parallel bars, poles to climb, swings, punching bag, trapeze. Part of this equipment was earned by the school selling magazines and part of it was given to us by the town.
Judging from a recent basketball game in which the teachers played, and beat the boys and girls recently graduated from school, our teachers are keeping physically fit also.
However our program is not all work. We often have games such as basketball, football, sock-it, handball, volley ball and suicide basketball.
We think our physical education program is really helping us and everyone, boys and girls are all for it.