Plans are rapidly going forward in every county of the state for May Day (May 1) or Child Health Day. For several years this day has ben nationally observed, calling the attention of every person in each community to this very important matter – the health of our children.
Mrs. Paul H. Leonard has been appointed by Dr. James A. Hayne as state chairman for May Day. The following persons have already actively begun plans for the observance of the day in their respective counties: Mrs. Treava N. Roberts, Bamberg; Mrs. John Morrall, Beaufort: Mrs. A. K. Darby, Fort Motte; Mrs. E. H. Eickmeyer, North Charleston; Miss Mabel Gaines, Gaffney; Miss Sally Brawley, Chester; Mrs. J. G. Dinkins, Manning; Mrs. Albert Rogers, Folk; Mrs. Morris Lumiansky, Darlington.
Also, Mrs. J. Olin Horne, St. George; Mrs. J. C. Seawright, Edgefield; Mrs. George W. Collier, Florence; Mrs. Lucy Ainsworth Jones, Georgetown; Mrs. Iva T. Mace, Hampton; MRs. C. B. Seaborn, Conway; Mrs. John P. Wise, Ridgeland; Mrs. John Mullen, Camden, with Mrs. D. M. Mays of Bethune, Mrs. A. T. Simpson of Blaney and MRs. T. H. Young of Kershaw, Route 1, assisting Mrs. Mullen; Mrs. J. T. Butters, Lancaster; Miss Bettie Richards, Laurens; Miss Olive Matheny, Bishopville.
Also, Mrs. Lewis C. Rich, McCormick; Mrs. R. Cosby Newton, Bennettsville; Miss Louise Brandt, Walhalla; Miss Margaret Cooper, Pickens; Mrs. C. H. McGregor, Columbia; Mrs. J. C. Burton, Monetta; Miss Mahala Smith, Union, and Mrs. Lucy V. Stroup, York. The names of the chairmen for other counties will be released within the next few days.
Governor Maybank has issues a proclamation setting aside May 1 to be observed as State Child Health Day. Co-operation has been show in the counties by many interested groups. The Parent-Teacher association are urging “summer round-ups” of pre-school children in every community, splendid displays are being planned by the public libraries with special suggestions for reading on the subject of health, Health posters will be displayed by the merchants throughout the counties, health films are to be shown in some communities and school, merchants are planning to display merchandise suitable for calling the attention of the public to this important matter and in many schools the children themselves are participating in the observance of the day.
Already examinations have begun in some counties in order to have the healthiest children of certain ages compete on May Day. In still others elaborate plans are being made for the crowning of a May Queen, maypole dances, etc. Everything is being done to urge all people of the state interested in boys and girls to assist every reasonable effort of their communities to make May Day a day for organizing and co-ordinating interest in child health.