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Page 3 of Kentucky Negro Educational Association Journal v.13 n.1

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I Editorial Comment I TWO OFFICIALS PASS AWAY The Kentucky Negro Education Association mourns the passing of two of its official family, Mrs. Elizabeth G. Clark and Mr. J. D. Stewart, who, as historian and auditor respectively, have given years of efficient and valuable service to the organization. Each passed suddenly; one tragically. Each had many friends among the teachers and citizens of our Commonwealth. Too, each will be missed by the K. N. E. A. RETIRED TEACHERS The "first day of school" this year was an un-usual occasion for thirty-two of Kentucky's teachers, well known to the K. N. E. A. membership. For years, in some cases over half century, it had meant to these teachers a return to eager boys and girls, anxious to know what the opening day would hold for them. Often they were the children of those who, years before, had presented themselves to the same teachers for instruction and guidance. Many had seen great changes in schools and their offerings. They had seen the little red schoolhouse replaced by a modern building. Or perhaps the little red school house had merely been painted white, and the crude benches replaced by more comfortable furniture. Some had known the inconvenience of spending each week with a different patron, and of receiving his pay in farm produce. All had seen the purpose of education shift from mere instruction in the three R's to an attempt to prepare youngsters to live happily and productively in a complex and constantly changing world. Doubtless a few eyes were dimmed with tears as retired teachers saw their former charges move toward the school house. They were reluctant to leave to others the careers they had earnestly sought to direct. But as the writer has chanced to meet the former educators, they seemed to him to be happy, their faces more free of care and responsibility than heretofore, and their interests centered on Various activities which busy school lives had crowded aside. The members of the retired group have given splendid service some of it at least, has been outstanding. The patterns established in the lives of those they taught will persist. These teachers have earned, and richly deserve, the right to enjoy life leisurely while health and strength remain. 1943 THEME: EDUCATION FOR VICTORY EDUCATION FOR VICTORY has been decided upon as the theme for emphasis in the departmental and general sessions of the K. N. E. A. t the annual- meeting to-be. held April 1447, 1943. It was se-

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