- Few Southeast students face suspension, expulsion for sexual assaults, campus paper finds (4/25/17)6
- Perryville family organizing bone-marrow drive Friday for ailing 6-year-old boy (4/26/17)
- Woman battered after smashing boyfriend's meth pipe against wall, police say (4/25/17)1
- Temptations bassist dies after Cape Girardeau show (4/26/17)2
- Event includes the first public tour of 200-year-old Elmwood Manor (4/23/17)3
- BBB warns Jackson man's online business might not be legit (4/24/17)
- Pilot House goes smoke-free (4/23/17)10
- State Supreme Court rules against congressman's mother in dog-kennel defamation case (4/27/17)1
- Strattman to step down as principal at St. Mary (4/28/17)1
- Cape couple turns their home into cozy, comfortable music venue (4/24/17)
School laid a sound foundation
To the editor:
I was one of the many children who attended the old Jefferson School during World War II. I remember the great cafeteria in the basement, the pea gravel covering the playground, the discipline the teachers dealt with the whack of a hickory ruler across the back of the hand. I remember bringing my quarters to school to purchase victory stamps. We walked to school every day, even when it snowed. There were no snow days then. We were a pretty close-knit group. Everyone knew one another. We weren't old enough to know what the war was all about, but we supported the effort because we all had brothers, fathers, uncles or cousins in the service.
Jefferson School was an important part of growing up. It helped us in forming opinions and attitudes that served us well during those tough times. I shall forever be thankful for those teachers who guided us and, best of all, taught us the "three R's." Although I no longer reside in Cape Girardeau, it is and always will be my hometown where I became a good citizen. I would hope the current students in Cape schools are as fortunate as we were in having caring and dedicated teachers. I would also like to wish the schools and their new superintendent the best of luck.
LARRY D. SWANN, Kimberling City, Mo.