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OBSERVATIONS OF MY TEACHING EXPERIENCE
By Mrs. R. W. Simpson, Retired
Fayetteville, N. C.
As I close my teaching career, I look
with fond remembrance over many observations.
In making a brief survey, I find
that I have touched the lives of approximately
2,000 individuals during the 36
years of teaching experience in North
Carolina, 30 of which were in the city of
Fayetteville, N. C.
Although I considered all subjects
taught in the third grade as important,
yet I placed health at the head of the
list as did my colleagues. Our philosophy
was, and still is: Sound minds can function
better in sound bodies.
We welcomed the National School Lunch
Program as it helped our community to do
for Negro children the most needed task it
had undertaken. It has been my observation
that pupils rally more readily to
their school work when they are not hungry.
Each child was taught to eat quietly with
the other children, and other forms of etiquette.
Many pupils have been persuaded
to eat kinds of foods that they were noe
accustomed to eat at home. As a result of
the lectures given in the classrooms concerning
body needs and the importance to
their health and achievement of balanced
meals, such as those planned in the cafeteria,
many pupils joined what we termed
the "Clean Plate Society."
Our pupils have not been hard to discipline
for the above reasons. The following
is a good example of the worth of
the School Lunch Program. I had a truant
in my class. The parents tried, in every
way, to keep him in school. I noticed
that the child appeared to be hungry, so
I asked my principal to put him on the
free lunch list, and this she readily did.
After this, he remained in school most of
the year, took more interest in his work,
and also had a better disposition in
Mrs. R. W. Simpson
Therefore, in conclusion, I wish to
boost the splendid work of the National
School Lunch Program. I do hope and pray
that every Negro community will organize
and maintain such a program because it is
worth its weight in gold. A more alert
and contented citizenry is the outcome of
such a program.
MT. ZION SCHOOL, GREENVILLE COUNTY,
S.C., HAS 100 PERCENT PARTICIPATION
By Mrs. Emily B. Taylor
Assistant County School Lunch Supervisor
It does your heart good to drive 12
miles down a country road and turn in the
yard at Mt. Zion colored school. This
morning when I made my usual unexpected
monthly check and visit, the yard was full
of "baseball players" who stopped to tell
me how glad they were to see me.
This three-teacher school is in the
heart of the cotton section, and since the
crop was short, money is also, but this
does not put a damper on the spirit in the
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United States. Department of Agriculture. Production and Marketing Administration. Participation of Negro children in school lunch programs., book, June 1951; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc6225/m1/18/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.