Mark 50th Anniversary Of Spring Clean-up
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the spring clean-up campaign. Miss Bertha M. Chapman, a retired Cleveland teacher, now 85, is credited with starting the movement.
According to Miss Chapman, the Miles Park School where she taught for 40 years was similar to the Lakeview School in Collin wood, Ohio, which burned on March 4, 1908, with the loss of 175.
We teachers in the lower grades were pretty frightened, almost panicked,” she recalls. Our vestibules were changed around and we teachers cleaned that school out to make certain we would have no such fire. That was in 1909. It might have been the same year that we encouraged the children to do the same in their homes. We even made signs and paraded around the school neighborhood with children to tell the people to clean up, Miss Chapman declared.