The Penfield Weekly Press
April 1894

Close of Our Schools

Transcribed and submitted by Beverly Carter

The most important institution in our midst, as far as the secular future concerned is our public Schools. It is gratifying to know that the term just closed has been successful. The teachers have faithfully worked, and progress has been made by the children. A visit to the Schools this week revealed a commendable degree of discipline and interest in the work which means so much for the future. On Tuesday evening a closing Entertainment was given in Klines Opera House. The house was filled to the door and the exercises gave great satisfaction. The declamations of Clyde Conklin, Josephine Newell, Walter Newell, Reuben Rake-traw (?), Harry Hewitt, Mabel Hewitt, Willie Winslow and Alice Reding were well received. Pleasant Solos by Jennie Pray and Alice Reding. The evolutions of a March and Hoop Drill by the pupils of Miss Gertie Winter's school, Miss Alice Reding furnishing the music attracted great admiration. Miss Reding read an neat essay. The Whipporwill Whistle song by Miss Winter's pupils pleased greatly, two elegant tableaux were rendered with great effect. Rev. S. Ham tickled the audience with a speech of humor, Prof. Shields called forward the graduating class and gave to them diplomas.

Alice Reding receiving from graduating in the full High school course, and Melyie (?) Miller, Edw. Avery, Walter Newell, Harry Hewitt and Sophronia Lenig in the common branches. During the evening the Alicia Band blew sweet blasts from their winding horns. The proceeds of the entertainment go towards the increasement of the School Library which is already quite an appendage of the schools.

(Note: There is a one liner that indicates the school season was 7 months, starting in late Sept and ending in April.)

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