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Dear Friends:
As Berry celebrates the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, our thoughts turn to those of you who have so generously helped us carry on our program of offering opportunity to this fine group of boys and girls. Our own celebrations would not be complete without a "Thank you and God bless you," to each one.
We are proud of our program of work, study, prayer, and recreation. We are building well-rounded American citizens for the future, and have faith that they will take their places in our troubled world, and prove, as have Berry graduates in the past, that your investments in them have been worthwhile. So many young people write us, want ing to come, and saying that their aim in life is to make the world a little better place, and someone a little happier.
Lately, we have had a, number of visitors who have come to see the Schools,' and their visits leave us more enthu siastic. All of them ask, "Why haven't you told us about Berry?" We have tried, through the pages of the Southern Highlander, to give you some idea of the work, and our won derful boys and girls. We always fail, for the spirit of Berry is what makes it a place apart, and the spirit eludes the paper and words.
Working with our young people is always a great plea sure and a privilege, and all of us thank you for providing this opportunity. We only wish you were able to know them as we do.
With every good wish, and the hope that every bless ing will be yours during this blessed season,
Faithfully yours
Inez Henry

The Southern Highlander
Vol. 41 December, 1954 No. 4
Founded by Miss Martha Berry January 13, 1902
Mount Berry, Floyd County, Georgia Dr. Robert S. Lambert, Mount Berry, Pres.
Printed and Published quarterly at Mount Berry, Georgia. Entered as Second Class Mail Matter at Mount Berry, Georgia, Act of Congress, March 3, 1879. Acceptance for mail ing at special rates of postage provided for by section 1103, Act of October 3, 1917. Author ized July 24, 1918.
Printed by Students on the Schools' Press

John A. Sibley, Atlanta . Chairman Philip Weltner, Atlanta .. Vice-Chairman M. G. Keown, Mount Berry .... Treasurer
Dr. Harmon Caldwell, Mrs. Virginia Camp bell Courts, G. Lister Carlisle, Dr. James G. K. McClure, Wm. McChesney Martin Jr., Nelson Macy Jr., Robert F. Maddox, E. W. Moise, G. Lamar Westcott, George Winship, R. W. Woodruff.

Published by The Berry Schools, Inc.,
at Mount Berry, Georgia

Berry Schools are eleemosynary institutions. Gifts are tax exempt according to federal law.



By Dr. R. C. Gresham, Chaplain

Even Thanksgiving and Christmas at Berry have a distinctive note, just a little different from their observ ances elsewhere.
Thanksgiving Day brings a welcome relief from the studies and work that fill our days. We begin the day with a service in the Mount Berry Chapel. This year that service was strikingly different from previous services, for instead of a visiting speaker, five Berry students, one from our High School and four from the College spoke. Their messages were of a high order, and refreshingly different from accustom ed forms.
One student contrasted our freedom to live, to work and to worship with the rigid supervision of peoples in communist countries by the dreaded secret police.
Another drew in bold outline rea sons we have for being thankful be cause we were part of the Berry family and the Berry tradition.
Another, in a very striking and orig inal way, described death as some thing to be thankful for. This talk was in no wise somber or melancholy as might be supposed. It was in praise of those who had died in order that freedom and opportunity might live. Soldiers and patriots who gave their all for these great ideals and a noble, cultured Southern lady who gave her life for what we have at Berry. And

supremely, for one who died almost two thousand years ago that death might be conquered.
Another with inimitable humor brought out that handicaps and mis fortunes could be the occasion for great thankfulness.
The choir, as usual, sang well, as did the great congregation.
From the Chapel trooped the stu dents to their games and feast with shining eyes and grateful hearts.
Christmas at Berry begins with the traditional, and moving services. The choir, enlarged to allow as many as possible to raise their voices in praise, sings the "Messiah," and the glorious words from the Bible, set to Handel's music, always inspire the large crowd which comes to hear the music. For these boys and girls, the experience of singing and listening to this great music is an inspiration, and uplifting
experience. Then comes the lovely, simple,
Christmas Carol service. The whole congregation joins in singing the well loved Christmas Carols, telling the Christmas story. Then with the pas sages of Scripture read by the stu dents, the scenes from the Nativity are enacted. The beautiful quietness, the lovely melodies, and the awe-in spiring messages from the Bible stir each soul, and fill all with the true Christmas Spirit.

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Berry Grad Preaches Religious Services

Each year an outstanding minister is invited to preach a series of services during Religious Emphais week, and this year one of Berry's own grad uates was asked to conduct the serv ices. Dr. Richard Bates, who worked his way through Berry, was an in spiration to all the students and staff members, and presented earnest, thought-provoking messages.
"I have found many things at Berry unchanged from Miss Berry's day," Dr. Bates said. "The work program, the chapels as the center of the spiri tual life; the teaching of the Bible; the uniforms and overalls which help mold Berry students into a friendly family. Those who knew the Schools under her leadership, and those who have come since, are trustees of the ideal and the goals she had. I could never have finished high school had I not had the opportunity to work my way at Berry, and I pray that this oppor tunity will always be open to worthy bovs and girls."
"Dr. Bates appealed to Berry stu dents because of his original messages, which were no re-hash of what others had said or written," Dr. R.C. Gresham, the Chaplain said. "These messages came from his experience as a Berry student and as a minister of the Gos pel. The seed sown in our hearts will bring forth fruit for many, many years and for eternity."
Barney Nunn Speaks At Mountain Day Fete
In addition to the traditional cele bration of Miss Martha Berry's birth day, with the Grand March, the picnic, and the presentation of the collection of pennies from the students for the endowment fund, a Berry graduate, Barney Nunn, president of the Nunn Better Cabinet company spoke in the Mount Berry chapel on "The Faith of Martha Berry."
"Faith can take the regret out of yesterday, the remorse out of today, and the fear out of tomorrow," he told the students, staff members and hun dreds of visiting alumni.

Dr. Lambert and Students with Mountain Day Basket.
Barney told how he started his com pany in a garage, with few tools and his Berry training, and how with faith and hard work he has built it into a business employing 150 people.
"Miss Berry opened the door to divine understanding. At times she had only her faith in God, in young people, and in prayer. Miracles have been accomplished here, and opportunities for an education have been offered to thousands of us, who otherwise would have had no opportunty.
"Many people wonder how Miss Berry accomplished all she did. I believe it was her faith, and if we had her faith, we could also accomplish miracles."
"One of my workers told me one day that I had done wonders with my plant. I corrected him at once and told it was God's guidance which had done the wonders. Without prayer and God's help, I never could have done anything. I have tried to do things without His help, and my efforts come to nothing. It is only with faith and God's help that we can do anything."
Mr. Nunn was introduced by J. Marvin Strickland, also a Berry grad uate, who is now president of the Georgia Association of Soil Conser vation District Supervisors.

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Dear Sir:
I am the seventh child in a family of ten children. I have finished high school, but have discovered that it is very difficult to get a job without a college education. I would like to be able to have a good job so that I might help my younger brother and sisters when they finish high school.
I want to do something with my life. I would like to go to college and be able to do something worth while. There is only one obstacle, that of financial help. My father is not able to send me to college. If I am to get a college education, I must work my way through. My home economics teacher, a Berry graduate told me about Berry, and she said it was an excellent place to go.
Everyone to whom I have talked tells me of excellent opportunities at Berry and that if a person goes to Berry and finished, one knows he is capable of earning a place for himself in the world. I know that to accomplish anything, one must be prepared. I hope it will possible for me to enter Berry and prepare myself for the future.
Her Father writes: I am the father of 10 children, and am trying to give all of them a high school education, but since I am a man of limited means financially it was and is impossible for me to give all of them a college edu cation, hence they are more or less on their own after receiving their H. S. diploma. However, since Nancy wants to continue her education to the extent she is willing to work her way though we will do all we can for her, however, since we do not have any cash ahead all financial aid will be little. Her teacher writes: Nancy's family are poor people but honest, and in my opinion that is where we get some of the strongest ambition to succeed in life. Her daddy does not own a home, and has several more children at home, and he doesn't make enough to send her to college anyway.

Dear Sir: I want to continue my ed ucation and my parents are unable to do it, because they are poor farmers and have nine other children to give an education, of whom all are younger than I. Seven of these children are in school.
We are farming and it takes all we make to feed and clothe us, and if I go to College I will have to earn my way, because I want to better my self in life. I have no other way of going to college but to work. I have found no other College that offers opportunities like Berry College.
Very truly yours,
Her principal writes: Pauline has at tended our high school, where she has taken advantage of her opportunities. She has sacrificed to attend high school in that she was often needed at home to help with the work.
Dear Sir: Sarah is one of the finest young
women I have ever met. Her Mother is dead and her Father is a semi invalid. Her grandmother and her great grandmother live in the home. Her aunt is the support for this family. There is also a younger sister in the home.
Sarah works at every available job on Saturdays and in the summer. Last summer she was employed as a junior counsellor in the town's recreation program.
She has made an enviable record in the scholarship and athelitics. She is outstanding in her community.
I recommend her wholeheartedly. She will make you proud of her.
Mrs. B. M. A.

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Dear Sir: I wish to further my education be
cause I see the need of a good education to live a richer life.
I chose to attend Berry College be cause of the useful training one gets, in addition to the regular studies, and the opportunities offered to earn an education.
I wish to be a home demonstration agent. I have had some experience in this type of work and like it. I like to work with people and to help them learn better ways of living. I feel that I can meet the requirements for attend ing Martha Berry.
Sincerely, Juanita
Teacher writes: Juanita has impressed me very much
during the year I've known her. She is the oldest of a family of four children, Even though the material property is very limited in her family she is wide awake and anxious and ready to take advantage of every opportunity that she encounters. She is very active in school activities, and has served as president of most of the clubs of which she was a member. She is capable, sincere, industrious, determined and can be depended on for any job she undertakes.
She is outstanding in church work, and she takes much initiative.
Her mother is a hard working, self sacrificing and ambitious person, with a hope that her children may have proper advantages. They live on a tenant farm, and Juanita will not be able to go to college without help, but I believe any school would benefit from her presence.
Dear Friend:
In June I'll complete the school here, and I'm ancious to continue my edu cation and would like to do this at Berry.
I'm the last child in a family of 17 only 13 is living 8 brothers 4 sisters most of us have lived our lives in the country of several miles from the highway. My folks have always attend ed church and we have been brought

up to attend church. I don't smoke or drink. I know I would like Berry because I have heard so much about It from our friends and I read a great deal about Berry. I'll have to work to help pay my expenss through school. I've already worked several months as a clerk in a store. I want to work the rest of my way at Berry. And be able to take advantages of some of the opportunities offered there, and to take part in the many activities. I'd like to be a part of such a wonder ful place as Berry and I'll do my best to make good in my studies keep the rules and do my work well. I surely would like to enter Berry in the sum mer.
Sincerely yours, Otto
Dear Sir: Otto lives 12 miles from any high
school and he lives 3% miles from the bus route, it is inconvenient for him to go to high school here.
Sincerely, S. C.
Dear Sir: We have four Orphan Child ren we would be glad if you will take this Boy in Berry as he is an average student and we would like to see him get a good Education there Mother is dead. And there Father left them about seven years ago will appriciate anything you can do for him.
Yours truly, W. L.
Dear Sir: I am writing you regarding Frank,
a fine young man, and good student. I am sure he will be a good influence in your school.
One of our leading citizens has ac cepted the responsibility of rearing Frank and his three other brothers and sisters, all orphans.
In this good home, these children are well taken care of, and given the love and affection that all children deserve, and need so very much.
After having investigated this ap plicant, I feel sure you will be glad to have him in your school.
Yours truly, G. H. E. Principal.

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WILL . .
"Wish or desire; inclination; pleasure . .
JHIS is part of the definition of a will found in the dictionary. And how different it is from our usual conception of a will. Usually we think of wills in connection with death, and are reluctant to dwell on the possibility long enough to be sure our wishes and desires are recorded. If we stop to think that it is a pleasure to help others; that even after we are gone, we can con tinue to help worthy boys and girls, and through them perpetuate our spirit, our hopes and ideals, then the idea of a will is a joy. Through the ages to come, because of our wishes and desires, in clinations, and because it was our pleasure, young people will find a source of hope and opportunity. May it be your inclination and pleasure to REMEMBER BERRY IN YOUR WILL.
A Gift to Berry Is an Investment in the Future Please find enclosed $. to be used for Operating Expenses Endowment Scholarship Fund
Name Street . City.. Zone. State . Please make checks payable to the BERRY SCHOOLS and mail to MOUNT BERRY, GEORGIA.

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding- in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night, . .
"And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them:
"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, be hold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people."