Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Defense Council in Action - 1942

Standing: Patricia Sullivan, John Lincoln, Harry Kain, Marion Pendell, Bernard Topham, Edward Slaggert. Seated: Rosemary Beckley, Eugene Matthews, Joseph Popecki, Robert Topham, Peter Bommarito.

Education is the first line of defense for the younger generation. The second, buying defense stamps and bonds. But still boys and girls ask, "What can I do?" The boys are too young to fight: both boys and girls are prevented from working in the factories on defense because they are still in school. There are many things that can be done, however; one is to establish a paper and scrap iron drive. Another is to establish a defense council which will cover a multitude of activities.

So, under the direction of the Board of Education, a defense council was established in all high schools throughout the city. The defense council here, in St. Mary consists of thirteen leaders. One was elected chairman and twelve committees were inaugurated. They are: Blackout, Contact, Vigilance, Messenger, Sewing, Map Making, Postermaking, Knitting, Signaling, News Clipping, Stamps, Red Cross.

The Contact and Messenger Committees have not as yet had an opportunity to go into action. The Blackout Committee has made curtains and the school is all set for the order "Lights Out." The Vigilance Committee is on the lookout for all suspicious things - on the ground or in the air. The Sewing Committee helped with the curtains for blackouts. Beautiful and patriotic posters that have been seen on the bulletin boards have been the work of the Postermaking Committee. Several sweaters of all sizes were handed in by the Knitting Committee. An air-raid horn was installed by the Signaling Committee and air-raid drills practiced. The News Clipping Committee has kept the students informed on world events by posting interesting and important items on the bulletin boards. A stamp station is open for business every Wednesday and has sold approximately $2,000 worth of stamps. The Red Cross Committee has conducted several classes in first aid and are ready for any emergency. This is a brief resume of defense activities. Full speed ahead for VICTORY!

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