Our great Commonwealth has been struck by the most serious
flood in its history. Three of our largest cities, Louisville, Paducah
and Frankfort have been seriously damaged by the raging waters of
the Ohio River. Many of our smaller comminities have likewise been
ruined. We have had to flee from our homes by the thousands in
search of higher ground. Thanks to those dry cities which cooperated
so beautifully in caring for those from the unfortunate areas.
Word has come to the secretary of the K. N. E. A. of the work
done all over the state by our teachers and principals. Our colored
school buildings have been our most convenient places of refuge.
'Thanks for our school buildings! Our colleges, K. S. I. C. at Frank-
fort, Louisville Municipal College, and Lincoln Institute did all they
could to help and deserve commendation. We greatly sympathize
with Paducah, the city where our West Kentucky Industrial College
Now that the flood waters are receding, let us turn with renewed
vigor in rededicating our schools to their purposes. We must push
our school beautification contest with more enthusiasm a'nd re-build
wherever we can. THE K. N. E. A. MUST GO ON! Our program
must be enlarged to meet newer problems.
Already about one-fifth of our colored teachers have enrolled
for 1937. I am now appealing to every city that was not hit by
flood waters to send in at once the enrollment fees of its teachers.
This will greatly facilitate matters and let us have a9n idea of our
financial status in planning for our 60th Anniversary Convention in
Louisville, April 14-17, 1937. Cities in the flooded areas may send in
their fees after March 15. President W. S. Blanton joins me in this
urgent enrollment plea.
ATWOOD WILSON, Secretary of K. N. E. A.