Education Said Greatest Problem Now Facing SC

CLEMSON – “The greatest problem facing South Carolina today is that of education,” more than 500 South Carolina Vocational education teacher were told Wednesday night during their joint conference here at Clemson college.

The speaker, P. M. Coble, executive secretary of the South Carolina Education Association, spoke at a professional night program which also included service awards to 62 vocational teachers in recognition of their outstanding service in the teaching profession

Speaking on the topic, “How to Become a ‘Pro’.” Coble said that during the decade of the sixties tremendous progress was made in education in South Carolina, but we still rank near the bottom in achievement, school attendance, and support on a local level.

“North Carolina took a bold step this spring when the general Assembly voted an increase for school expenditures of over one million dollars for the biennium 1962-64. This was done as a result of the people in NOrth Carolina placing a high premium on education. We in South Carolina must sell education the same way.” he said.

Coble discussed six ways in which vocational teachers can join forces in sell education. These included;

Join and participate in your fessional organizations, keep well informed, do a good job in the classroom each day, vote in every election, make friends outside the teaching profession, and express appreciation to those who have helped bring about the progress we have already achieved.

“Education does not cost – it pays. It is an investment in people – our greatest resource,” Coble continued.

Sixty – two vocational teachers were presented service awards in recognition of their outstanding service in the teaching profession.

Teacher receiving awards for service in the respective vocational teaching area, follow:

Agriculture: Fourty – year engraved service plaques were presented to W. M. Mahoney of Honea Path, district supervisor of agriculture education; S. C. Gambrell of Gray Court – Owings, and B. H. Stribling, retired teacher trainer in vocational agricultural education at Clemson College.

Teacher honored with 30 – year service plaques included W. F. Moore of Wade Hampton, Greenville County, T. F. Clinton, Campobello, N. R. Salley of Salley, T. K. Watts of Bethune and C. G. Zimmerman of Florence.

Twenty-year service keys were presented to G. W. Jones Sr. of Crescent, J. H. Murphree of Tamassee, T. W. Dillard of Hickory Grove, H. M. McCallum of FOrt Mill, J. L. Talley of Baron de Kalb, R. W. Harrell of Blythewood, T. H. Caldwell of Grays and J. B. Chastain of Pamplico.

Agriculture teachers receiving 10-year service keys included T. R. Glenn of Townville, F. R. Stover of Pelion, H. A. Wall of Branchville, B. E. Prosser of Olanta, R. F. Taylor of Brittons Neck, J. H. Gardner of St. Stephens, C. G. Hutchinson of Conway, L. L. Lewis of Columbia, J. G. Lesley of Piedmont and L. M. Stover of Blaney.

Home Economics: Six home economics teacher were presented awards in recognition of 25 years of teaching. The included Mrs. Lois Davis of Honea Path, Mrs. Roberta Britton of Socastee, Mrs. Laura Hane of Brookland-Cayce, Mrs. Miriam B. Timmerman of Greenwood, Mrs. Ada Stackhouse of Lake City, and Mrs. Marie Bannister of CLinton. Services awards for home economics and agricultural teachers were sponsored by the South Carolina Bankers Association.

Distributive Education: Eleven distributive education teacher coordinators who were recognized with awards for more than ten years of service included Mrs. Helen Austin of Greenville, Sidney Ballenger of Walhalla, Ellison Cone of Walterboro, Hugh Floyd of Summerville, Mrs. Nell P. Haas of Parker at Greenville, Mrs. Emma Hope of Rock Hill, Mrs. Beatrice Jeffcoat of Spartanburg, Mrs. Elizabeth Patrick of Chester and Mrs. Helen Taylor of Winnsboro. A 20-year award was presented to Mrs. Frank Maxwell of Greer.

Trade and Industrial Education: Retirement awards were presented to Theodore Eye Jr. of Charleston, Louise H. Riehle of Walhalla, and Clifford W. Reece of Lancaster. Eye also received a 30-year service pen.

Thirty – year service pins also were awarded to Wallace C. Till of Charleston, C. E. Black of Lexington, Paul D. Workman of Rock Hill, Miss Marie P. Jones of Ridgeway, assistant state supervisor of T and I Education in charge of women training and L. R. Booker of Clemson, teacher trainer in Trades and Industrial Education.

Twenty – year service pins were presented to Mrs. Nellie McDonald Bright of Greenville, Victor B. O’Driscoll and Benjamin T. Winter, both of Murray Vocational School at Charleston, James F. Bagwell of Gaffney. Harold E. Littleton of Hartsville, Maston Wade Boyd, Jr., of Clemson, district supervisor of T and I Education: Clifford W. Reece of Lancaster, Harry J. Underwood of Tamassee, Clyde J. Lever of Columbia and G. E. McGrew of Columbia, State supervisor of T and I Education.

August 10, 1961  Columbia Record (published as THE COLUMBIA RECORD)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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