MURRAY MOTHERS HEAR PLAN FOR THE EVACUATION
Murray Avenue School, wartime protection of children
was discussed Tuesday afternoon at a meeting sponsored
jointly by that Parent Education Committee, Mrs. Edward
Kay, chairman, and the War Activities Committee with
Mrs. Irving Taub as chairman.
Kay presided and introduced Ralph Benjamin of the New
Rochelle telephone office who showed a short film concerning
air raids. The showing had been arranged by John Metcalf,
and Murray Avenue school father.
Loretta Hirshbeck explained details for evacuation of
Murray Avenue School as far as they have been completed
Charles S. Sutherland presented a simple block mother
or open house plan which is being suggested for the
protection of children while enroute home after evacuation.
The purpose of this plan is to set up cooperative groups
of neighborhood mothers to establish in each block or
other convenient small units an “open house”
which can be used as a shelter for children in an emergency.
is hoped that by the establishment of open houses designated
by the special sign provided by the P.T.A. for that
purpose, that wardens will be assisted in clearing the
street immediately upon the sounding of the alarm, and
by giving thought to the careful choice of those in
charge of children under emergency conditions, that
panic and discomfort of both children and adults may
of the plan was led by Mrs. Donald Pendleton, chairman
of the block mothers. Mothers
had been invited to the meeting by the following poem
written by Mrs. Irving Taub:
give us your attention.
Hear the facts that we must mention.
Tomorrow at a quarter of two,
Miss Hirschbeck will present to you,
A vital wartime education,
The new plan for evacuation.
This is important - you must come
To the auditorium
Learn the need to have “Block Mothers”
Protecting sisters and their brothers.
Show your spirit with agility.
Tuesday’s your responsibility.
And every other day as well.
What war may bring, no one can tell.
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