As reported 63 years ago in The Columbia News, Sept. 26, 1940:
The Parent-Teacher Association of Harlem met on Thursday afternoon of the past week for the first time since the opening of the school year, with the president of the association, Mrs. W.A. Winn, presiding.
An audience of 40 ladies and gentlemen heard the outline of the program for the coming year, which has for its principal project the obtaining of a lunch room for underprivileged children of the school.
Professor O.A. Henderson, superintendent of the school, reported on the cost of a new stove, the plumbing necessary to equip the lunch room, and an estimate of the cost.
Under direction of the county extension service, 84 bales of cotton will be made into mattresses for low-income families. A building is being constructed to house the plant and machinery which for a very small sum will be made available to the workers. There have been 850 mattresses signed up for by needy people.
Soldiers to duty
As the country prepares its defenses, more and more of the former servicemen are recalled to active duty. This week finds Chief Gunner's Mate J.O. Marshall, United States Navy, retired, back on the active list. He left Saturday for Chapel Hill, where he will report to the professor of naval science and tactics, Naval ROTC Unit, of the University of North Carolina, for active duty.
The Leah High School will sponsor a barbecue supper Oct. 4, 1940, for 50 cents per person. Immediately following the barbecue, the "Cotton Blossom Minstrels" will be presented in the auditorium. Admission is 15 cents and 25 cents. The public is cordially invited.
Home ec meeting
The Home Economics Club of Evans High School met in the home economics classroom Sept. 13, 1940. Officers were elected to carry out the work of the coming year, as follows: President, Lila Mae Hensley; vice president, Edith Adams; secretary, Margie Gibbs; treasurer, Forest James McDonald. The club selected a song, flower and cub name.
When the business session was over, introduction of freshman followed. Those initiated were: Margaret Barton, Forest James McDonald, Frances Hall, Geraldine Johnson, Juanita O'Neal and Ernestine Sprouse. After the initiation the FFA boys and Home Ec girls had a wiener roast.
"Health" was the general theme for discussion at a recent meeting of the Home Demonstration Council held at Central School. Interesting speakers on the subject presented a program with was most helpful to those present.
The devotional, referring to the spiritual health of the body, was given by Mrs. G.B. Pollard of Appling.
During a short business session, plans were made to complete the $50 scholarship which was procured to aid some worthy boy or girl in this county in securing an education. The funds will be given to the University of Georgia which will assume all responsibility of its use.
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