186 History of Wake Forest College
the summer school seeking to qualify for these certificates. In the first
period, when a high school graduate could procure a certificate by one
summer's work, great numbers just out of high school, mostly girls,
registered for it. Others registering were some who had already been
teaching, but had no professional training. These, too, were mostly
young women. These two groups were so numerous that they seemed
to predominate on the Campus, to which they brought a kind of life
never seen there before. In their neat summer attire they storlled along
the walks, swarmed over the lawns under the shade of the campus
oaks, and occupied the rustic seats, while an occasional one with
guitar or mandolin or ukulele knocked out accompaniments to light
snatches of songs; with their merry laughter and maiden voices they
were as happy as the birds swinging and singing on the boughs of the
trees around. They were not too much troubled over their work, but
nearly every one did it reasonably well; they did not forget that they
were there to get a certificate. As for their teachers, at least for the
staid, sober member of the regular college faculty who had taught
only young men, and was now called upon to give these prospective
teachers a content course, such as English Composition, this was a
new experience. At first he was somewhat at a loss, but finding his
class ready to learn he settled, down and did some of the very best
work of his life. Every girl in the class had his deep sympathy; he
knew what awaited her as mistress of a one-room school of rural
children and it was his task to do all he could in that short period of
six weeks to prepare her for the ordeal. And he never taught more
appreciative students. In the same classes were also some who had
one or more year's experience in the schoolroom, lovely ladies but
somewhat more sober, who brought balance and seriousness to the
In the early years, too, and continuing for more than a decade were
teachers who, while not college graduates, yet had been educational
and religious leaders and persons of much influence in their
communities. Their purpose in attending summer school was to meet
the State Department's requirements for the highest
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