School No. 60
Modern in Every Particular and is Ably Conducted by
Principal Elmer J. Cobb
|Children Playing Outside School #60 in it's Early Days (Built 1897-1898)
|Students Posing at Front Steps of School #60
|Elmer J. Cobb
|Class Photo about 1905
Here is Principal Cobb's system: A few days after school opens in September each year the grade teachers give a short talk about public meetings and civic affairs then before the public. Each teacher proposed that every class should have a club which shall hold meeting and be a part of the general patriotic society of the school. Officers are elected by popular vote and they run things for the year.
|Student From Above Class Photo
When the children have grown enthusiastic, the teacher suggests that they organize a little citizens club and elect officers. Meetings are held once a week and business is conducted according to parliamentary rules. And here is the first question put by the president to the other pupils: "What is the first duty of all American citizens?" And the answer is: It is the duty of all good American Citizens to love their country, to obey its laws and to respect its flag. The idea behind these clubs, as Mr. Cobb explained it is to get the children thus early in life to realize their duties and responsibilities as citizens early in life. At the same time it gives them a working knowledge of civic life and adult organizations, so that when they grow up they can readily take their places as leaders in their respective communities.
|Patriotic Celebration Behind School 60 - 1918
View along Saratoga St.
|Class Photo About 1905