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November 5, 2013

Step Back in Time: Nov. 5, 2013

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25 years ago

Nov. 5, 1988

SOUTH NEW BERLIN — The South New Berlin school district has won national recognition for starting a morning program that’s being imitated around the state and talked about around the nation.

The school district won an award from the National Rural Education Association in September and recently received it at the New York State School Boards Association convention in Buffalo.

“We were thrilled. We couldn’t imagine a school our size would win a national award,” said Pat O’Donnell, a South New Berlin kindergarten teacher who is training teachers in other districts to run their own morning programs.

South New Berlin got recognition for the program earlier this year from the state Education Department, which chose it as a model for other schools.

O’Donnell and teachers Joyce Bliss and Barbara Rizzieri have helped Margaretville, Franklin, Van Hornesville, St. Paul’s in Norwich and schools elsewhere start their own morning programs.

The morning program, which began in 1983, brings elementary students together in the gymnasium for 20 minutes at the start of each day. The students sing, do skits, make announcements and do other activities that they develop with the help of teachers.


50 years ago

Nov. 5, 1963

DELHI — George H. Fowler, chairman of New York State Commission for Human Rights pointed out that “the nation’s economy suffers by the exclusion of any group from participating on terms of full equality in employment.”

Mr. Fowler delivered his talk at the Gymnasium at State University of New York Agricultural and Technical Institute, Delhi.

Citing surveys made by the United States Department of Labor and the National Urban League the Commissioner showed that the deprivation of the Negroes in the area of employment was causing an economic loss of about 12 billion dollars a year.

This loss, he said, “is equal to the actual earnings of Negroes and available employment.” Mr. Fowler said “that should Negroes who constitute approximately 11 percent of the labor market be accorded the right to employment opportunities, commencing with whites at equal wages, the entire economy would benefit.”

The money spent on food alone by Negroes would have great impact on the economic area. This he said “should be of prime interest to students of Agricultural and Food Processing.”

Mr. Fowler urged the students — declaring all of us, “Teachers and students” — to enhance the American ideal by promoting the state’s equal opportunity laws.

Professor Seldon Kruger, Head of the Social Studies Department of the College acted as host. Professor Donald Kline was moderator.