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.... When one has a dream for tomor row and wisely plans all the way ....

By giving the best of the present to

each and every today . . . .When one

has the faith to look forward and lift

onto life's highways .... Those who

often need remembering along some

forgotten byways .... When someone

has made the world better by going

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truly has become great and that life

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--Virginia Katherine Oliver

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Vol. 44

Spring 1957

No. 1

Miss Berry
Every year since the passing of our late Founder, Miss Martha Berry, the Atlanta, Georgia Berry Alumni Club has sponsored a commemorative ser vice in Atlanta on the anniversary of her death.
For the past fifteen years, as a part of this special service, Dr. Louie D. Newton, pastor of the great Druid Hills Baptist Church of that city has made his church and himself available to the Club on that day.
On March 3, of this year the famed Berry Choir traveled to Atlanta and made two appearances at these ser vices on behalf of the Schools. We have received much praise and pub licity because of the impressive talent and quiet dignity of these young people as they sang before such large audi ences.
Among those who attended the com memorative services this year and were so impressed was a young lady who was inspired to write this poem:
TO MARTHA BERRY (Lines In Memory)
When one can look into the future and reach out a hand to youth . . . . To lead boys and girls to walk nobly in paths of learning and truth .... When

Founded by Miss Martha Berry January 13, 1902
Mount Berry, Floyd County, Georgia
Berry Schools are eleemosynary institutions. Gifts are tax exempt according to federal law.
Wm. McChesney Martin, Jr. Washington, D. C.
Dr. Harmon Caldwell Mrs. Virginia Campbell Courts Mrs. Inez Henry Nelson Macy, Jr. Robert F. Maddox E. W. Moise John A. Sibley Pollard Turman G. Lamar Westcott R. W. Woodruff
Published by The Berry Schools, Inc.,
at Mount Berry, Georgia
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 School's Press

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Selection of Miracle in the Moun tains by the United States Information Agency for use in its world-wide dis tribution of foreign editions and trans lations of key books on the American scene means that the story of Martha Berry and her achievements will be told around the world.
The agency, through its overseas missions, assists in the publication of foreign editions "of certain books which will create a better understand ing about the United States and fur ther the free world objectives."
The agency has requested, and ob tained, volume and serialization rights to Miracle in the Mountains, the best selling biography of Martha Berry, Founder of The Berry Schools, by Harnett T. Kane and Inez Henry. The rights were obtained for a list of 39 foreign languages including Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Korean, Malay, Pol

ish, Romanian, Slovenian, Turkish and Urdu.
Rights for Danish, Norwegian, Swe dish, Finnish, Dutch, Hebrew, Japa nese and Portuguese were also re quested by the agency but could not be granted as other arrangements for these languages were already under discussion with the authors' agents.
Final determination as to the lan guages and format in which Miracle in the Mountains or material from the book will appear will be made by the agency's representatives abroad, in collaboration with the local publishers.
The book has been enthusiastically received throughout the United States. It is good to know that people through out the world will be able to learn about Miss Berry's achievements and the wonderful influence the Schools have had on American life and culture.
--from Rome News-Tribune

Please send me _ copy(ies) of
By Harnett T. Kane With Inez Henry
at $3.95, plus 12c tax ($4.07). Payment enclosed. Make checks payable to The Berry Schools.

Spring, 1957


From The President's Desk

Dear Friends of Berry:

The year 1956-57 has been a busy one for all of us at Berry. It has been a time of learning for me -- a time in which there has been growing appreciation for the tradi tional values and accomplishments of The Schools, It has also been a time of planning for the future. The ideal -- to stand for "whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, and whatso ever things are of good report -" and to teach our stu dents to "think on these things" has given us inspiration and direction.

Springtime is a beautiful season at Berry with the golden daffodils blooming in profusion at the time of this writing. Soon the redbud and dogwood trees will be adding their beauty to the campus along with the peach blossoms which will be bursting forth. It is our hope that many of you will journey our way to visit with us not only in the exquisite springtime but at other seasons as well. It is lovely the year round because of the natural beauty of our surroundings and the beauty reflected everywhere by the lives of our young people making the most of their op portunities for learning.


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We want very much for you to come our way and to give us the pleasure of your company in our guest cottages. We can offer you rest and relaxation in inspiring surround ings. You will thoroughly enjoy the delicious southern meals prepared by our students under the supervision of staff members. Our gate is closed on Sunday to give us more opportunity to "keep the Sabbath day," but you will be welcomed on Sunday if you will contact us either by mail before you arrive or by telephone after you arrive.
Our needs for your continued support are great. The past ten years have brought an increase of thirty-seven per cent in actual cost to us for each student we accept. We have not had a corresponding increase in income for this period. Additional help is needed now for work scholarships, for the retirement endowment fund, for staff salaries, for equipment and for many other purposes. The distinctive type of educational program which Berry has provided in the past is more needed today than ever before. The world is hungering for the type of leader ship, the respect for honest labor, the devotion to high causes which graduates of Berry have historically held. The fundamental purpose of Berry continues to be that of ministering in the name of Christ to all those who come within the influence of our institution.
This issue of THE HIGHLANDER, prepared largely by Dr. H. M. Kinlaw, includes an article telling of special re cognitions recently given to two of the long-time workers of The Schools. The bestowing of the life-time title of Dean Emeritus upon Dr. Cook was in recognition not only of his outstanding service to the young people of Berry through forty-seven years, but also of our need for his wise counsel during the years to come. As Dean Emeritus, Dr. Cook will serve actively as special adviser to the President and to the Board of Trustees. The election of Mrs. Henry to membership on the Board of Trustees is a richly deserved recognition as well as a sound means where by the wishes of our beloved Founder, Miss Martha Berry, may be carried into the future.
Sincerely yours
John R. Bertrand President
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Through Work . .
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Through Play
Through Study

and Through Testimony

A Berry Boy
Dear Friends: It was never my privilege to know
Miss Martha Berry. I was only about seven years old when she died, and I did not become conscious of her exis tence until my senior year in high school. Most of the impressions I have, therefore, have been formulated from what I have heard and read, but I feel that I know her.
It is easy to imagine Miss Berry on the campus which she planned and watched over until her death. How often she must have walked with her hurried but easy steps among the buildings, or climbed to the top of Lavendar Mountain and looked out over her dream, or reverently bowed her head as she sat in the balcony of the Mount Berry Chapel. People who came into contact with her saw the beautiful personality and unselfish willingness to serve which she pos sessed. The lives of the students re flected her efforts to lift mankind to a higher plain whereon he might prove more useful.
Today Miss Berry sleeps quietly in a small spot beneath a spreading tree near the Mount Berry Chapel, but death does not end a person such as Miss Berry. She is still here among us. Her presence still prevails over our actions. She can still be seen moving about her business as she continues to watch over the Schools which she gave her life to begin. She still smiles her beautiful smile when she is pleased, and, if one listens, she will whisper her praise for a job well-done.
To me and to countless others Miss Martha Berry will always live. She never knew me nor I her, but we are intimate and everlasting friends.
Two College Freshmen Girls
Dear Friends of The Schools: It would be impossible for us to
tell you of the great influence Berry has been on us. Without your friend ship and help many girls and boys would not have the opportunity to come to Berry.

The Christian atmosphere and the friendliness of the staff and students encourage one to put forth his best efforts in trying to achieve the highest goals in life. We not only learn about Christian principles in the classroom, but we also apply them in our daily lives. There are several religious clubs on the campus which prove to be an inspiration to each student.
The Young Women's Christian Asso ciation and the Religious Education Club give each individual an oppor tunity to associate in Christian Fellow ship with others.
The work program enables us to gain experience in many fields and helps us to pay for part of our edu cation. Working with other college girls two days a week helps us to learn the true value of friendship and teaches us to work harmoniously with others.
It has been a privilege to work in the School offices, and we assure you that your faith and friendship are making it possible for us to obtain an education.
Dear Friends of The Schools:
As a student of The Berry Schools and College, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your friendship and help.
Since I work in Mrs. Henry's Office, I have the privilege of seeing many of your wonderful letters and contributions come into the office. I wish I could find words to express our appreciation. Without the help of friends like you, the work of The Schools could not go on.
In behalf of the students and staff of The Berry Schools and College, I would like to extend to each of you an invitation to visit our campus. I am sure the beauty of the campus would be an inspiration to you as it is to each of us here.
In closing, I again would like to thank you for your continued help and interest. You may feel sure that your investments in The Schools are used for the most worthwhile pur poses.

Spring, 1957


"Not To Be Ministered Unto, But To Minister"

Twelve Berry Graduates and Student Teachers Now Serving- In Whitfield School

To those of us who work with the young people at Berry, nothing seems more rewarding than to have them carry the "Berry Way of Life" into other communities when they go from us.
We know that our friends who have helped with their training at Berry will rejoice with us over the fine con tributions being made by the large group of Berry graduates and practice teachers serving in the new Consoli dated School in Whitfield County, Georgia.
The four young ladies in the front row are Berry College Seniors and are doing their practice teaching in home economics. Five in the second row are Berry graduates and are em ployed in the Whitfield School, and the

lady on the right is our own Miss Mayes, Chairman of the Division of Home Economics at Berry.
In the back row, center, is the Prin cipal of Whitfield School, a young man who received his degree from Berry College in 1947. He is married to a Berry girl, who was also graduated with the class of '47, and they have two lovely little daughters of their own. Not only is this young man doing out standing work in the school but he and his wife are leaders in the com munity.
Left in the back row is a graduate of Berry with the class of 1935, who is the Instructor in Industrial Arts in Whitfield School; and to the right is a Berry graduate of 1949 and teacher of Vocational Agriculture in Whitfield.

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Throughout the history of the Berry
Schools a name has stood out in the
hearts of our friends and supporters
that has been synonymous with the
Christian integrity and growth of this
great institution.
For 47 years Dr. Samuel Henry Cook has stood beside Miss Berry and those who have followed her in a lifetime of service seldom equaled in terms of dedication and selfsacrifice. Many of you have had the rare privilege of knowing personally this great man and have been inspired to lend yourselves and your financial means to the support of the Schools because of his symbolic presence among us.

Now, however, the time has come when he will receive in a small way some of the recognition which he so richly deserves. At the end of the current school year Dr, Cook will assume the lifetime designation of Dean Emeritus.
In a resolution which will always live in the annals of our Schools the Trustees have, at long urging, re lieved him of all active administrative duties, at the end of the present school year. At the same time, the Board has requested that Dr. Cook make himself available to the President and Board of Trustees for the valued counsel and guidance "that only Dr. Cook can give."
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DR. COOK--continued
Since joining the late Martha Berry, after his graduation from Davidson College in 1909, Dr. Cook has seen the Schools grow from a few log cabins to the present campus of more than 30,000 acres and more than 100 buildings.
When he joined the faculty, he told Miss Berry that he "could serve only one year because I plan to study for the ministry." However, Miss Berry persuaded him that his ministry was with the Schools, and his lifetime of devotion and service to the insti tution makes her statement even more prophetic in retrospect.
In 1952, after serving the Schools for 42 years in various administrative capacities, including that of Dean and Acting President, Dr. Cook requested that he be given duties of a less strenuous nature.
The Board expressed its sympathy with his request, but emphasized the need of the Schools for his continued services, even if in a lightened ca pacity. They further stated that "it

is the desire of the Board that Dr. Cook remain as a member of the faculty of The Berry Schools through out his life, doing such work as is agreeable to his age and desires, and that the Board will provide suitable compensation, including living quart ers, for Dr. Cook for life . . . ".
The demands of the Schools have been such that the Board has been un able to give him the relief he has so richly earned until the present.
Dr. Cook, who has given himself completely to the religious and educa tional development of the Schools, by his own admission "has taught just about everything except Home Econo mics."
We know that our thousands of friends will want to join us in saluting Dean Cook and in expressing appre ciation for his great contributions to education and religion.
Dr. Cook has served faithfully and well. He truly epitomizes Miss Berry's creed, "Not to Be Ministered Unto, But to Minister."

The list of our faithful workers, who have given their lives to The Berry Schools and are now reaching retirement age, is increasing rapidly.
Perhaps you would like to contribute to the Retirement Fund that assures each of them a small pension--or you might like to help us build a small cottage for them to live in.


Frost Memorial Chapel, lo cated on the campus of the

Mount Berry School for Boys,

was erected in 1937. It was a

gift of Mr. and Mrs. Howard

Frost in memory of their son,

who died in Italy in 1934 at the age of 21. Young Mr. Frost,

who had been a student at

Stanford University, was ac

tive in Y.M.C.A. and other Christian work.

In 1935, Mr. and Mrs. Frost came to The Berry Schools.

They were visiting the High

School campus with Miss Ber

ry when they came to a


hill (where Frost Chapel now stands) and saw beside it a


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sign which read: "Wanted: A Chapel for the High School Boys." The couple, very much concerned about the sign, asked Miss Berry if they could be ex cused. After a few moments of discus sion, they returned to Miss Berry, tell ing her that they wished to build a chapel in memory of their son who had died the year before. They had been considering building a chapel in China, but being impressed by the wonderful work of The Berry Schools, they decided to build it here.
The architect in charge said the hill had to be changed before any building could be erected. So the briar patches were removed, and soil was added to form the present well-rounded mound.
The chapel was to be dedicated in January, 1938, but Mr. and Mrs. Frost, having to go abroad, asked Miss Berry if the dedication could be earlier. Miss Berry answered "Yes," although her co-workers said it was impossible. Work was begun on a 24-hour basis and the last pew was put in place one hour before the dedication on October 14, 1937. Dr. Harry A. Rimmer preach ed the dedication sermon.
Two incidents related directly to Frost Chapel stand out in the memory of the present Chaplain.
A high school graduate, as he waited with his best man for the signal from the Chaplain to go to the altar with his bride, told this story of how he finally found God.
"You remember I was really rough when I first came to Berry. I was a pretty good track man. In my junior year I won my event in the State High School Track Meet in Macon. The next night, Sunday, I was forced irresistibly to leave my room and climb the hill to the Chapel. I climbed the winding stairs to the top of the tower, and under the brilliant stars, I faced up to all my mistakes, failures, and sins. I knew I had been able to win my event in track the day before because, for the past few months, I had kept train ing and listening to the Coach. Now I took a good look at the long race course called life. I knew I could not expect to win on that course unless I listened to the Great High Coach and sought to follow his rules and leading. You are familiar with what followed.

My confession was made the next Sun day and soon after that you baptized me. Do you remember?"
The other story concerns a boy who had broken a number of School rules in his freshman year. One evening after supper he asked the Chaplain to drive him up to Frost Chapel. The Chaplain wondered what infraction of the rules would be revealed by the lad now. Once inside the dim sanctuary, the boy blurted out, "Doc, I have got to preach!"
The Chaplain was grateful that his startled, astonished face could not be seen by the boy. The boy sensed a little of what was going on inside the Chaplain's mind and blurted out, "Oh! I know it is hard for you, and anyone else to believe me, but I have got to preach because I know God is calling me."
A little more conversation together and then the Chaplain and the boy prayed. They drove down the hill and back to the dormitory. The next Sun day at chapel, the boy's decision was announced. Through the struggles of the next few years he never wavered. He finished his education; and now with his lovely wife and little boy, he is serving a small church as he com pletes his seminary training.
And so this lovely chapel, given in memory of a Stanford freshman who passed so soon from earth to his Heavenly Father's House, is shaping for good the lives of Berry boys who worship within its walls year after year.

Spring, 1957


Have You Ever Wondered Why We Are So Insistent In Our Appeals For Work Scholarships?

A brief visit in the Office of Admis sions would help you to see the needs we must meet:
A boy from southeast Georgia writes: "I am 18 years old and would like to attend Mount Berry School for Boys because I had to quit school in the ninth grade. I quit because I had to help support my mother, sister and stepfather. My stepfather is sickly and cannot work much. I worked in the cotton mill at night and went to school in the daytime for awhile. But I was always too tired to study when I got through working all night. I want to go to Mount Berry because I want to grow and I know there's not much growth without schooling. I want to be a preacher or a doctor."
A girl from central Georgia who finishes high school this year has this to say: "When I was three years old my twin sister was killed when she was run over by an automobile driven by our father as she accidentally fell from the car. This incident brought a lot of sadness to our home. When

I was eight years old my mother died and a little later my father died too. No doubt the unfortunate incident of my twin sister's death was to a large degree responsible for both of their deaths. It was the wish of my parents that I go to college. Although they have not lived to help me fi nancially, I can work to pay my way as I go because I am healthy, strong, able and willing to work. I will greatly appreciate any help that you are able to give me. I pledge to do my best."
A young man from another section makes this appeal: "I hope you will accept me as a work student next summer so that I may begin college classes in September. There are seven children in my family and my father is a farmer with a low income and cannot possibly educate us unless we can help ourselves. I have two sisters who have been educated at Berry and we are all proud of the oppor tunity you have offered them. I would certainly appreciate that opportunity too. I want to be a vocational agri culture teacher."

Our files are filled with appeals such as these. We believe you will want to help us respond to them.

A Gift to Berry Is an Investment in the Future

Please find enclosed $. Operating Expenses Endowment Scholarship Fund Retirement Fund

.to be used for

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Please make checks payable to THE BERRY SCHOOLS and mail to MOUNT BERRY, GEORGIA.