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VFW Post 4174: School days!

By Submitted by Pat Whitehall - | Aug 4, 2021

On the radio back in 1948, a program called Our Miss Brooks was on the air, regaling listeners with the trials and tribulations of an imaginary high school. The show was popular and a regular feature until 1956 when it went to television, with Eve Arden in the lead role as Miss Brooks. It showed many antics which would never be accepted behavior in this day and age.

In 1957, an entertainer named Chuck Berry sang about getting “Up in the morning and off to school” while Bobby Rydell entered the vaults of treasured music with the hit Swingin’ School in 1960 and in 1963, The Beach Boys, with the help of cheerleaders, sang “Be True to Your School.” Over the years, there have been many, many hits referring to the good old days when we went to school, and even some movies took place in the hallowed halls of education. School Days were a very important part of our younger years.

When many of us attended school, things were so different from what they are now! We would get our textbooks, have to put book covers on them, and at the end of the school year, have to return them in good shape, buy our own supplies and in many cases, have to follow a dress code, especially if entering a Catholic school where a uniform was required. Today the students must all dress in a select choice of clothing which their parents have to purchase at a specified store. Many of the families are still struggling with the after effects of the pandemic, and could use some assistance.

With the advent of calculators and computers, having enough supplies for a classroom is almost impossible, because the calculators need batteries, the computers need inks, and paper, plus pens, pencils, rulers, crayons, notebook paper, composition books, binders and dividers are still all part of what a student needs. Because of the virus, things like sanitizer and, handi wipe cloths are also a big expense for a classroom these days. While teachers are given a small pittance to supplement their supplies for special projects, they often end up spending their own money to complete the endeavor.

As part of our Community Outreach Program, the VFW, Post 4174 on Homestead Road in Lehigh Acres has set up a huge box for school supply donations to assist our teachers and their students. Walmart in Lehigh has shelves loaded with many of the necessary items and at such a reduced cost, that just $3 or $4 will purchase a good amount of the items needed.

You don’t have to be a member to join the Community Outreach Program. Stop in anytime and drop your donations in the box to assist children make the best of their School Days. You’ll be glad you helped!