Depression Work Program Helps Schools in 1936


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 11/26/1936.

NYA Improves Schools

Extensive programs of public service and improvements under the supervision of the National Youth Administration are in operation in Calhoun, Braxton and Upshur counties.  Under the NYA, youths between the ages of 18 and 25 are given part-time employment at hourly prevailing wage rates determined by the type of work they do and the number of hours worked.  By this employment youths are given the opportunity to learn skills and how to work, while at the same time they are helping (illegible).

In Calhoun county at Grantsville, NYA boys have reconditioned the athletic field.  Ditching and draining was done, 5000 yards of dirt was removed, 560 yards of stone and 1600 feet of drain tile have been laid.  Eighty bags of cement were used by the boys in constructing steps and turntable.

A French drain, 150 feet long, was placed at the back of the field.  Earth removed while digging the drain was used for filling in low places on the athletic field.  A 100 foot retaining wall of stone and cement is being built.  New bleachers have been set up, fences were built and a 300 foot driveway of stone and gravel has been constructed by the boys.

At Beech Valley school playground, grading and ditching has been done, tile was laid and the ground has been entirely drained.  Over 50 yards of rock, 80 feet of tile and 120 feet of four inch iron pipe were used.

At Orma school, Calhoun county, the grounds were drained, 400 yards of dirt were moved, and an 800 foot waterline was repaired and buried.  At Stinson school, the grounds were in very bad condition and have been improved considerably by NYA workers.  At Beech Grove the grounds were cleared and graded, gas and water lines were repaired (illegible) concrete walks and playground equipment have been built.

At Jesse Run school a retaining wall has been built, 40 shade trees were planted and the grounds have been leveled and graded.  At Threemile school, grading, leveling and draining have been done on grounds. The schoolhouse was moved back 60 feet, concrete walks and steps were constructed.

NYA girls have assisted on nutrition and recreation projects. Other Calhoun county schools improved by National Youth Administration projects are those at: Knight, Mt. Zion, Bell Hill, Little Creek, Okey, Arnoldsburg, Craddock, Fairview, Lower Nicut, Mudfork, Rush Run, Big Run, Oak Hill, Pine Alley, Pine Grove, Minnora, Hur, Lemuel's Run, Bell, Barnes Run, White Pine, Matheny, Cottrell, Little Leatherbark, Lower Pine, Ayers and Millstone.