I attended Herbein's School when a little girl and thus knew just what to expect when I went there as a teacher. Thanks to the board of directors I found the building in good repair but the walls were bare with the exception of one picture which the superintendent told me was fit only for the basement. There was not even a clock and as that is a very valuable asset in a country school we decided to work for that first of all.
The children sold useful merchandise for cash premiums, taking most of the orders in their own homes. We secured a large calendar and wall clock.
The next year we worked for pictures in the same way. We now have thirteen nicely framed pictures.
Last year we had our first entertainment.
With the money received at our entertainment and a few donations, we bought two lamps, a small talking machine, records and a stand. We spent many a pleasant noon hour listening to the music when the weather was unfavorable for outdoor play.
When we were tired of our cold lunches we had occasionally an egg day or potato day. At those times we brought eggs and potatoes from home, prepared them at recess and then at a certain time had one of the older pupils put them over the fire. I am sure eggs and potatoes never tasted better.
For the last two years we have gathered on an evening in May to work in the school flower bed and to plant vines. If there were a fence round the whole plot we should have better results. Therefore, I consider the securing of the fence one of our future problems, a reading table another, still another buying more books.