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February 9, 1978

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We Invite All of Our Customers and Friends to Stop in and Register for FREE Gifts to be Given Away on Tuesday February 14th I ' BANK OF CHARLES TOWN CHARLES TOWN, WEST VIRGINIA 25414 i January 24, 1978 isto be interest in constructive that system. Mr. Some ralston- to be cleared he speaks of County, he must remember that teachers as well as other school personnel are part of that illustrious group. Secondly, Mr. Brown says that A. teachers forced the closing of the schools, how?; B. some people have planned vacations for the Spring break, and C. teachers were not thinking of the children. In response, A. teachers did not close the schools; B. 'directed to Charles Brown', we are people, too, who have planned vacations for Spring break; we have children in our county schools, also, Mr. Brown, had this fact occurred to you? We were informed that Spring break is the only time available for make-up since state law says that children cannot he in school past June 8. We don't like it either, Mr. Brown; and C. we have many dedicated, hard-working, caring teachers in our profession and people who work, not only their 9-4 positions at school, but also several hours at home each night correcting papers and preparing lectures for the next day, trying to think of ways to keep our kids interested in learning, a grand cause which captious, ill-informed people have helped to almost destroy. I love my children and my job as do most people in my profession, or else why, among other things, would we tolerate such inaccuracies as is evident in your letter? It can't he the pay; it's much too low for all that's required of teachers. I have taught from 21-36 students at a time in various grades. The i: OF  OUR NEW PLANT SHOP Saturday, February 11th Sunday, February 12th dition to our greenhouses, we now have a new Shop filled with a variety of plants, planters, wreaths, baskets, etc. P'Ome browse around and have some refreshments DOORPRIZE (A Beautiful Plant) TOMLIN'S GREENHOUSE GILBERT STREET BOLIVAR, W.VA. PHONE: 535-6907 Valentine SPECIAL HEART PLANTER with plant $2 49 , Tax ideal learning situation is no more than !0-15 students per teacher. The sheer number of students per class makes it difficult to do all that needs doing in a given time period. We have those students all day to maintain order, discipline, and above that, to teach them all that needs to be tught, 5-7 or more subject areas, during a single day. When was the last time you tried to handle 36 kinds at once, all day and teach them? Also, keep in mind that our job does not end at 4:00 or 5:00 as do conventional jobs. A good teacher also instructs in responsibility, concern for others, social graces, manners, health habits, and a host of other things. We also have several roles to play besides teacher -- among them nurse, mother, judge, counselor, friend, peace. maker, intercessor, public relations director, resource person, recreation director, interior decorator, janitor, etc. Furthermore, we rarely get more than 20 minutes to eat lunch because we nave playground duty, lunch room duty, or special classes for students who need extra hell: during the lunch period. Ho long is your lunch period, Mr. Brown? How many hours do you work at night without pay? Next, you do have a good point about sending children to school on hazardous roads. It's the superintendent's job to kno that roads are safe or call oft school, and it's the parents' joe to see that their kids get to school. However, Mr. Brown, it might be well to remind you that it is hard to predict the weather too far in advance. Certainly, we wouldn't want to send children to school or back home under hazardous conditions, but would it be better to call off school too early 'remember Jay's blizzard last year?' How would you like teachers and children to make up a day when there was no snow or election? I might add that you have the simple option of keeping your child home if you deem road conditions sc hazardous, don't you? Elections on Saturday is a great idea. Kanawha County had an excess levy cancelled Saturday, January 21, due to snow. No make-up of school days would have been needed. You're right on here. We're all for Saturday elections. All you and the remainder of our people need do is find the proper source and have that date changed to February 11. Any ideas. 4 Lastly, polls should be manned by "volunteers" not by "teachers" as such. Teachers were among the volunteers. You, Mr. Brown, are also reminded that you are free to serve as a volunteer worker or is it easier to sit back and "let somebody else do it". If only teachers manned the polls, the results would certainly be questioned by some in the event of passage. How much time have you, your wife, or neighbors volunteered to help with school- related activities? Children and their education are everybody's job and responsibility. There are many good and concerned people 'I speak of all people, rega rdless of their job' in this county who care about their children's education and the people who teach them, but letters such as yours, Mr. Brown, only serve to create confusion and-or bitterness. We need to respect each other and our differences, recognizing the good and helping with the bad in each other, not looking for, or taking opportunities to put each other down. If this next levy doesn't pass, we'll probably lose many of our good teachers. We may have to accept less qualified, less ex- perienced, less concerned in- dividuals. Is that what you want for your daughter, Mr. Brown? This levy in no way increases our salaries, but we stand to lose a great deal -- all of us, Mr. Brown, including you. If you can put your anger and resentment aside, and with an open mind, get really involved in our schools, I think you'll find that your present attitude will greatly change. "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity", Psalm 133:1. A combined effort reaps a greater harvest. Think about it, Mr. Brown. I realize this letter is long, but hopefully it will help create a little Jight and unity among our people before the gap grows wider. Sue Cook Proud Teacher 515 E. Washington St.' Charles Town, W. Va. 4-H Saddle Club To Hold Skatini Party Members of the Jefferson County 4-H Saddle Club wilt hold a skating party on February 13, at the Berryvflle, Va., Roller Rink. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. and run until 10 p.m., with ad- mission being $1.50, plus another 50 cents doe akate rental. A door prize and a cake walk will be i held. The public is welcome. CORRECTION In a story announcing the engagement of Miss Catherine Ann Balikes, of Miami, Fla., to Mr. Joseph Michael Cesarini, carried in the January 19th issue of the Spirit of Jefferson, it was stated that Mr. Cesarini was the son of Mr, and Mrs. Joseph Cesarini. The story should have read he is the son of Mrs. Bar- bara Cesarini, of 5th Avenue, Ranson and Joseph Cesarini, of Massachusetts. Caramanlis victorious in Greek National election, Tired of looking at the same four walls? Change them with wall coverings from RIDDLEBERGER'S 211 W. Washington St. Phone: 725-2624 GIANT Route 7, East of Berryville, Virginia SATURDAY NIGHT FEBRUARY 11, 1978 et7:O0 P.M. 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