The Parents' Review

A Monthly Magazine of Home-Training and Culture

Edited by Charlotte Mason.

"Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life."
The "P.R." Letter Bag

Volume 14, 1903, pgs. 637-638

(The Editor is not responsible for the opinions of Correspondents.)

The Children's Country Holiday Fund.

Dear Editor,—Thirty thousand children are every year sent by the Fund from London streets to spend a fortnight with country cottagers. Their pleasure is great, but we learn from their hosts and friends of their sad ignorance of games, and of the good which would follow if town and country children could play together.

We are also informed how immensely books which they could read and lend would increase the enjoyment and profit of the holiday. We would, therefore, earnestly appeal to your readers in the hope that they may help us by sending gifts of games and books.

Cricket bats, stumps and balls, footballs, soft balls for rounders, skipping ropes, and anything else to assist in outdoor play would be very welcome. And, as wet days are sure to come, we would ask also for draughts, dominoes, paint-boxes and brushes, and other means of indoor amusement. The books should be suitable for children between the ages of 7 and 14; and any dealing with country life and amusements would be especially acceptable.

Will your readers help us in this way? The money subscribed by the public for the holiday cannot be diverted from its purpose, and the children's parents' payments represent all they can afford for their children's holiday.

If any of your readers will send a parcel to the Secretary, Children's Country Holidays Fund, The Lodge, 28, Commercial Street, E., we will see to the careful distribution, and they will have the knowledge that their gift is adding to the pleasure and goodwill of the people.

I am, faithfully yours,
(Signed) H. O. Barnett
18, Buckingham Street, Chairman of Recreation Sub-Committee
Strand, W.C. ____________________

Dear Miss Mason,—Vera and I think it would be so nice if the P.R.S. could have a badge with our motto, if the other children would like it.
Your loving,
Eric Bishop
Sunnyhill, Wimbledon
June 25th, 1903.

[I should be very glad to hear what the other children think of Eric's proposal. The badge should have the motto of the Parents' Review School,—'I am, I can, I ought, I will'; and should it have some design? If so, what do you children think would be suitable? The cost for each badge would be from 3/—to 5/—probably. Letters should be sent to the Secretary, House of Education, Ambleside, with a big "B" on the envelope. The answer to the letters will come in the shape of a notice in the Parents' Review.—Ed.]

Proofread by Leslie Noelani Laurio, Hana 'ia i Hawai'i, October 2008