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While snow supplied Johnson City in February 1947 with a winter playground, Carl Jones Jr., spoke to the Delta Kappa Gamma Society

Bob Cox • Dec 22, 2019 at 12:00 PM

While many folks took advantage of a significant snowfall in 1947 causing school classes to be canceled, an address on "Our School System as Seen By a Layman," by Carl Jones Jr., was the highlight of a meeting of the Gamma Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society.

The session took place at the home of Mrs. Arthur T. Earnest, 615 East Unaka Avenue, with Misses Mary Keefauver, Viola Mathes, Marjorie Hunt, Margaret Madden and Emma Farrell as assisting hostesses.

The president, Mrs. Carolyn Miller, presided, and Miss Evangeline Hartsook was program chairman, presenting the guest speaker, Mr. Jones. In his address, the speaker discussed the needs of schools and the qualifications of persons in administrative positions.

Citing the fact that "children spend 80 percent of walking and developing hours in school," Jones emphasized the necessity of having an "adequate, complete and sufficient number of schools buildings that were lighted, well ventilated and well equipped."

Jones further advocated a definite and adequate amount of money to be set aside for the school budget, "to be administered by a qualified board of education.”

He pointed out that a board of education should employ a competent superintendent and supervisors to determine and carry out school policies: well-trained teachers assigned to work for which they were are best fitted; equalization of salaries regardless of grade levels, a balanced education — intellectual, practical. artistic and physical available to all children, both urban and rural.

Next, Miss Cora Mae Crockett read the secretary's report and Miss Pearl Archer gave the treasurer's statement. The Gamma Chapter voted to accept an invitation from the Kingsport chapter, to join them for a meeting in March. Miss Ivey Holland, who had recently joined the staff of East Tennessee State College as teacher of English and Latin, was introduced.

An informal social period followed during which the hostesses served refreshments to members and the guests: Miss Holland, Carl A. Jones, Jr. and A.T. Earnest.

I hope my readers can recall several teachers mentioned in this article. I certainly do. Several were my favorites and bring back fond memories.

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