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and get to hear and to know of the hundred and one kindnesses which these clubs and communities are always doing to promote good fellowship and to be material assistance to their less fortunate neighbors, you would agree fully with Edgar Guest when he said: "When you get to know a fellow, know his every mood and

whim, You begin to find the tissue of the splendid side of him; You begin to understand him and to cease to scoff and sneer, For with understanding always prejudices disappear. You begin to tell his virtues and his faults you cease to tell, For you seldom hate a fellow when you know him very well.”

This is only a brief sketch of some of our rural activities, but perhaps it will be sufficient to help "blaze the trail” for other rural communities.



First Meeting
Discussion and selection of Programs

Second Meeting
Voting Methods and Procedure of Elections

Address by outside speaker

Open Meeting (In evening if preferred)

First Meeting
Discussion of Results of Election

Second Meeting

Origin of Thanksgiving

First Meeting
Planning for Community Party

Second Meeting

Community Party

First Meeting
Annual Meeting-Election of Officers

Second Meeting
Prominent American Writers of Today

First Meeting
Prominent American Artists of Today

Second Meeting
Patriotic Program-Washington's Birthday



First Meeting
The Woman's Club and the Community
(Planning community program for summer)

Second Meeting
Motion Pictures—Their Use and Abuse

First Meeting
Spring Election

Second Meeting

Community Interests
Outside speaker from Madison

First Meeting
Health Talk-by County Nurse

Second Meeting
Sanitation in the Home

Visit to the School by the Club

First Meeting
Discussion of Programs for the coming year

Second Meeting
Annual Club Party for Club Members



Rural Field Days

Much interesting material is reaching the Playground and Recreation Association regarding field days and other recreational events which are being held in connection with rural schools. Brief descriptions of some of these special days may prove suggestive to principals and teachers in rural schools. School Field Day

For seven years the Third Supervisory Disat East Aurora, trict of Erie County, New York, in charge of New York

Mr. W. E. Pierce, has held school field days. The program of the 1920 field day held at East Aurora in May follows:

Program 10:00 A. M. Spelling contest (pupils will please provide them

selves with pencils)
Ball game-two inning game for each group of boys
attending rural schools. Players selected so that

boys from the school of one town will play against boys of another town, the order of play being determined by drawings. Winners will continue playing until defeated or until series of games has been

played. 11:15 A. M. Schools form for grand parade starting at 11:30

A. M., parade being headed by band, physical direc-
tors, visiting superintendents, principals, boards of
education and trustees of rural schools, teachers to
accompany pupils. It is suggested that each school
carry a banner and have some insignia on the
sleeve which will facilitate recognition. At the
park and at the close of the parade flag salute will
be given and one verse of the Star Spangled Ban-
ner sung
At this time awards for the spelling contest will be
made from the grand stand. Immediately follow-
ing, successful contestants in spelling contest, also
pupils who have been neither absent nor tardy, as

certified by the teachers, will be photographed. 1:30 P. M. Free play by groups under direction of regular


Pageant, America, Yesterday and Today
Dashes for Pupils below High School Grade

Fifty Yard Dash--Boys four feet and under
Fifty Yard Dash-Girls four feet and under
Fifty Yard Dash-Boys four feet four inches and

Fifty Yard Dash-Girls four feet four inches and

under Sixty Yard Dash-Boys four feet eight inches and

under Sixty Yard Dash-Girls four feet eight inches and

under Seventy-five Yard Dash-Boys five feet eight inches

and under Seventy-five Yard Dash-Girls five feet eight inches

and under

Dashes for Pupils of High School Grade
Seventy-five Yard Dash-Girls-E. A. H. S. vs.

O. P. H. S.

(Three from each school) Seventy-five Yard Dash-Boys-E. A. H. S. vs.

O. P. H. S.

(Three from each school) Boy Scout Demonstration. Three Hundred Yard Sprinters' Race-Male mem

bers of faculty-three in team. E. A. H. S. vs.
0. P. H. S.
Thirty Yard Dumb Bell Relay Race-Fifth Grade

pupils. E. A. vs. O. P.
Girls' Relay Race-E. A. H. S. vs. 0. P. H. S.
Boys' Relay Race-E. A. H. S. vs. O. P. H. S.

The awards offered include money prizes offered by
Erie County Trust Company to winners in spelling
contest. Awards for dashes and other events con-
sist of middy blouses, pearl handled knives, tennis
shoes, caps and similar articles contributed by
local merchants and a cup given by the Bank of
East Aurora to the high school winning the most
points during the day.

Mr. Walter Elwood, District Superintendent Township

of Schools, Second Supervisory District, Educational Day

County, New York, writes of the Second Annual Township Educational Day held for the schools of the town of Amsterdam in May, 1920. The activities of the day were divided into three periods:

(1) Contest in reading, spelling and arithmetic
(2) Exhibit of work in drawing, writing, handwork,

nature study
(3) Field Day and exhibition of work in physical edu-

cation-setting up exercises, folk dances, games,


A nature study playlet, health playlet, singing, home project demonstrations, a pícnic lunch, an exhibit of pupils' work, folk dancing, games, and races, filled the day with interest both for children and their parents.

F. B. Bomberger, Assistant Director and Specialist, Extension

Service, College of Agriculture, University of Maryland

The tournament is a form of contest which for many years has been very popular in Southern Maryland. It probably had its origin in the fondness of landholding gentry for fine horse flesh and the general inclination to formal gallantry so common in this and other Southern sections of the country.

The contest is a pale imitation of the jousts of the armed knights which played such a large part in the chivalric exercises and combats of the Feudal Days. Each Knight is mounted upon a charger (not, however, the heavy war horse of medieval days, but a smaller, swifter beast) and armed with a wooden lance bearing on its end a long slender point.

Usually each Knight wears a sash of his favorite color or colors. Usually, too, the Knight assumes some fictitious name based upon the old, Colonial name of his homestead or upon some point of local historical interest, such as the Knight of Birmingham Manor, Knight of Rosedale.

The contest takes place in the "lists” which are usually three arches, placed at suitable distances apart, from which are suspended small metallic rings, one ring to each arch.

The Knight rides his charger from a starting point, perhaps a hundred paces from

from the first arch, under the arches at a pace which will enable him to complete the course in a prescribed minimum of time, at the same time endeavoring to pick off with the point of his lance the rings suspended from the arches. As the rings are never over an inch or inch and one-half in diameter it will be evident that, with the horse moving at a gallop, a certain amount of skill in horsemanship is required to "take the rings."

If all of the Knights are successful in taking all of the rings in the first contest, smaller rings are substituted and the contest goes over. If any of the Knights fail in the first contest they are eliminated from future trials.

As the rings become smaller and smaller, the test of horsemanship, keenness of vision and steadiness of hand becomes keener and keener until finally one Knight emerges victorious from the tournament.


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