Newspaper Article 1971 – Teachers set novel problem for pupils

Teachers set novel problem for pupils

The Parkvale Primary School in Hastings has devised a novel and amusing way to raise funds for the sponsorship of a 14-year-old Korean boy, Hong Ju-serp.

From yesterday until October 1, the school hall will be adorned with 20 photographs of members of the school staff as babies.

The photographs are unnamed, but numbered.  Children pay 2c and others over 16 pay 5c to purchase an entry form and try to name the bonny babes.  A prize is offered for the correct entry.

Proceeds go to the sponsorship fund.  A sum of $60 is needed.

Children who have already returned entry forms are apparently finding the task of identifying the babes difficult, said a teacher. The largest number identified so far is seven. “I’m seven different people so far,” she said. The contest is also open to parents.

The headmaster, Mr R. A. Boyd said the school had been sponsoring Hong Ju-serp since 1968.  He is attending the Kangdong Primary School at Pusan in Korea and writes to Parkvale about his progress twice a year.  His letters are written in Korean, but have an English translation underneath.

His sponsorship was arranged by the Hawke’s Bay Save the Children Fund.

Photo caption – Hong Ju-Serp, the Korean boy the school is sponsoring.

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