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THE TEXAS STANDARD
for three years. Two years ago he organ-
ized the work of the Julia C. Frazier
His experience and contact in the fra-
ternal and religious field has tended to
more fully round out his preparation and
ability to carry forward a program that
is commanding acknowledgment as a for-
ward movement in the primary branch of
the Negro public school education in this
section. He has served as lecturer and
otherwise officially connected with some of
the leading fraternal organizations of the
State for many years. He is perhaps the
most outstanding Negro layman in the
Christian Church of the State. He has
been president of the State Sunday School
Convention for several years, and in 1925
was elected president of the National Sun-
day School Convention, at Louisville, Ky.;
and in 1927 was elected delegate to the
World Sunday School Congress at Los
Angeles, and at the last convention was
again elected delegate to the World Con-
gress to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The space alloted for this article will not
permit a detailed discussion of the working
of the various departments of the Julia C.
Frazier Schools. However, in order to ap-
proach any just appraisal of the work,
brief mention of some of these activities
cannot be escaped.
In the history and civil department, for
example, an interesting book is being pre-
pared, called "Our City, Dallas." In this
book all information pertaining to the City
of Dallas is recorded by the students.
Clippings from the daily papers, informa-
tion from the Chamber of Commerce and
other civic organizations and information
that could not be otherwise obtained, are
gathered and compiled from early settlers.
These bits of information are used as ma-
terial for discussion in the various classes
of the department.
In the reading classes emphasis is placed
on reading outside the class-room. The
students are encouraged to select and form
intimate impressions of the individual au-
thors. The motto is: " Read well, because
it is essential to read well." And spelling
is one of the strong points of this school.
Last year the fifth and seventh grades
won cups for first place in spelling contest
that was conducted throughout the Dallas
Negro school system.
In the musical department, aside from
stressing the prescribed public school music
chorus singing is emphasized. One of the
most popular organizations of the school is
the Julia C. Frazier Chorus. "Our aim,"
said Miss E. E. Terrell, the music teacher,
"is to be really musical, and to feel the
benefit of music's influence."
The Auditorium, which might be consid-
ered the center of extra curricula activities,
is utilized to the greatest possible advan-
tage. Here, through the medium of lec-
tures, discussions, pictures and other in-
fluences, the school seeks to establish initia-
tive, self-reliance and other inate qualities
essential to individual success and group co-
operation. Here, they are also taught to
observe and appreciate the special days of
significance in our group and national
life. They are also taught to appreciate
the beauties of Nature. First, they are af-
forded a light, airy and altogether pleas-
ing atmosphere. In the art room are to be
found pictures and other art work from
the hands of famous artists. Then there
are charts of natural colors and race charts
of leading men and women of the group.
Here they are usually entertained by spe-
cial speakers. It also serves as a center in
which are organized and conducted their
clubs, holiday parties, picnics, hikes, etc.
All these activities are regarded as funda-
mentally a part of their primary training.
The influence of the school on the imme-
diate community, and the interest and co-
operation of the community with the work-
ing program of the school represent im-
portant factors in the work that is being
done throughout the school.
For the present school term there is an
enrollment of 741 pupils, with a staff of
The Parent-Teacher Club of the Julia C.
Frazier School, although the youngest, is
said to be the strongest of any of the Negro
schools of Dallas, and perhaps one of the
strongest of any of the primary schools in
the larger cities of the State. From one to
two hundred parents can be found in at-
tendance at any of the meetings. Aside
from the work, having to do with co-oper-
ation between the home and the school
there have been organized and are now
functioning, two clubs for the purpose of
carrying forward definite work for char-
ity and civic betterment. One is named
The Consolation Charity Club, for the
work of dispensing to the needy of the im-
mediate community; the other, Better
Home and Garden Club. Its work of stim-
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