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Vernon

Wethersfield Wallingford

Westport Waterbury

Windham

Windsor Locks The amounts expended for relief purposes by months, for the year ended June 30, 1924, are as follows: July, 1923

$709.00 January, 1924...... $ 933.64 August, 701.57 February,

921.64 September, 741.99 March,

1006.76 October, 952.39 April,

851.43 November, 760.08 May,

1109.44 December, 877.47 June,

811.77 The 40 towns in which the 102 persons who received relief had a legal residence are as follows: Bolton

New Canaan Bridgeport

New Haven Bristol

New London Brooklyn

Plainville Columbia

Portland Danbury

Putnam East Hartford

Salisbury Essex

Seymour Glastonbury

Shelton Granby

Stafford Hartford

Sterling Killingly

Thomaston Litchfield

Torrington Lyme

Vernon Madison

Wallingford Mansfield

Westport
Meriden

Winchester
Middletown

Windham
Naugatuck

Windsor New Britain

Windsor Locks

HOME TEACHING

Connecticut began home teaching work for the blind in September, 1921, with two teachers. It was found that two persons could not adequately cover the field and the 1923 General Assembly authorized the Board to increase the number to five, one of whom was to act as supervisor and do some teaching. There were six applicants for the three positions which were thus created and it was decided to hold competitive examinations and to make the appointments upon the basis of these. It is interesting to note that the applicant who received the highest rating was a graduate of the Connecticut School for the Blind, and that she was competing against graduates of the Ohio School for the Blind and Perkins Institution. The appointees were Miss Lorraine N. Berger of Bridgeport, Miss Frances E. Shields of New Haven, and Miss Ethel M. Stevens of New Haven.

One of the home teachers, Miss Stevens, was obliged to resign May 1, 1924, owing to illness, and Miss Corinne Delesderniers of Meriden, was secured as substitute.

The appended tables tell in a formal manner something of what has been accomplished. They do not acquaint one with the missionary spirit in which the teachers are carrying on the work. We believe that this is largely responsible for the . marked success of the effort, and it is a satisfaction that our ideals for home teaching are high and that we are striving to attain them.

What the friendship and kindly encouragement of the home teachers mean to some of our people who are distressed by physical pain and mental apprehension is expressed in these words by a woman who is in great trouble:

The only bright thing in my life at present is the visits which Miss S- makes me. They are full of love, encouragement and kindness, and she always leaves me a pleasant thought to work on for the next week. She is the only one who comes to me often."

For the year ended June 30, 1923, there were but two home teachers and the work was not conducted under the district system. The daily reports in tabular form were started January 1, 1923, and the totals for the period from that date to June 30, 1923, are:

Number of calls
Number of lessons
Telephone calls
Miles travelled

1145 Hours in preparation
662 Hours in teaching

122 Hours in travel

12526 Letters written Hours in investigation.... 115

520 704 842 322

The figures showing the number of towns in which the home teachers did teaching for the year ended June 30, 1923, and the total number of pupils for that year, are:

Total number of towns
Total number of pupils

38 127

The sixty-two towns in which the home teachers did work investigating, calling or teaching for the year ended June 30, 1923, are:

Ansonia
Berlin
Bolton
Branford
Bridgeport
Brooklyn
Colchester
Cromwell
Danbury
Darien
• Derby
Durham
East Haddam
East Hampton
Essex
Fairfield

Greenwich
Griswold
Groton
Hamden
Hartford
Killingly
Meriden
Middletown
Milford
Naugatuck
New Britain
New Canaan
New Haven
New Milford
Newtown
North Haven

Norwalk
Norwich
Oxford
Plainville
Portland
Putnam
Reading
Roxbury
Shelton
Southington
Stafford
Stamford
Stratford
Stonington
Torrington
Trumbull

Vernon Wallingford Washington Waterbury Waterford Watertown West Hartford West Haven Westport Wethersfield Wilton Winchester Windham Windsor

The following tables show the larger part of the work for the year ended June 30, 1924, in tabular form:

CENTRAL DISTRICT

October 1, 1923 to June 30, 1924 Number of calls

783 Hours in preparation Number of lessons.

484 Hours in teaching Telephone calls

131 Hours in travel Miles travelled

7696 Letters written

639 628 664 407

EASTERN DISTRICT

October 1, 1923 to June 30, 1924 Number of calls

793 Hours in preparation Number of lessons.

520 Hours in teaching Telephone calls

166 Hours in travel Miles travelled

9882 Letters written

251 742 754 288

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SUMMER WORK

July 9, 1923 to August 31, 1923 Number of calls ...

109 Hours in preparation Number of lessons

53 Hours in teaching Telephone calls

23 Hours in travel Miles travelled

1774 Letters written

26 133 149 20

In addition to the above a partial record of further work done in various parts of the state from July 1, 1923 to June 30, 1924, is as follows:

Number of calls ..... 1033 Miles travelled ...
Number of lessons

33 Hours in teaching Telephone calls

79 Hours in travel Hours of investigation 484

9877

65 616

The grand totals of the above for the year ended June 30, 1924, are:

1356 2586

Number of calls ..
Number of lessons.
Telephone calls
Miles travelled

4019 Hours in preparation....
2065 Hours in teaching

729 Hours in travel

42439 Letters written Hours of investigation 484

896

The tables for the year ended June 30, 1924, showing by districts the number of pupils in the various towns are:

CENTRAL DISTRICT.
(Miss Mead in charge.)

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Towns worked in (the numbers indicate the number of pupils in each town): Avon 1 New Hartford

1 Berlin

Newington

1 Bristol

Plainville

1 East Hampton 1 Plymouth

1 Enfield 1 Portland

1 Essex ...

3 Torrington Hartford

23 West Hartford Harwinton 1 Wethersfield

2 Middletown

6 Windsor New Britain

Winchester

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Total number of towns, 15; total number of pupils, 40.

SOUTHERN DISTRICT.

(Miss Stevens* in charge.) Towns worked in: Hamden

1 Wallingford Meriden

4

Waterbury Naugatuck

1 Watertown New Haven

16 West Haven Shelton

1 Wolcott

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Total number of towns, 10; total number of pupils, 35.

* Resigned May 1, 1924, and Miss Delesderniers was appointed as substitute.

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