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April 7, 2013

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
April 28, 1897

A Day in School

Instead of two hundred there should have been five hundred visitors to the public schools last Friday.

The Punxsutawney schools merit more attention than they received. What could be offered to the citizens of our town and city for their personal inspection that touches upon so vital and primary consideration as an exhibition of work done at school?

How can any patron better acquaint himself with the accomplishment of pupil and teacher?

On Friday each room presented an interesting display of work done during the term as well as special work and examination papers, all of which are models of neatness.

The primary rooms were exceptionally attractive with exhibitions of clay modeling, paper folding and cutting with colors, drawing and writing with samples or stitching, design forms, with tooth-pick, block designs etc.

The drawings of pupils in the upper grades are extraordinary, in many cases, and show more than ordinary ability.

The teachers worked night and day for the past two weeks arraigning for the occasions and it is a mistake to say they appreciated the compliment of these who were in attendance.

There should have been three times as many.

The way to have good teachers and retain them is to pay them well and give them encouragement when occasion appears.

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