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From The Indianapolis News, Tuesday, May 11, 1920:  Ten thousand children in forty-eight Indianapolis public schools are now receiving a mid-morning lunch of a half-pint of milk and two Graham crackers through the work of Indianapolis School Lunch Association.  For children who can afford to pay, the lunch costs 4 cents.  Those who cannot pay still receive the lunch and the cost comes from money raised by the association.  When the lunches began, the weight and height of each child was taken, and at the close of the school year these measurements will be taken again, and notes compared as to changes in among other things scholastic standing and mental attitude.   Plans are being made to expand the program next year to include hot lunches for some children and to serve milk and cracker lunches to a much larger number.  

“10,000 Indianapolis School Children Receive Mid-Morning Lunch of Milk and Crackers,” The Indianapolis News, 11 May 1920, p. 4:1

From The Indianapolis Times, Saturday, May 1, 1920:  The Capitol Avenue Protective Association met at the home of attorney Ira Holmes, 2164 N. Capitol Av, last night to discuss means of preventing the encroachment of negro property holders on the main residence streets.  Fifty property owners between 16th and 38th streets were present and urged that similar organizations be formed on all north side streets.  Support for a city zoning and planning bill restricting negro residency will be presented to the next session of the Indiana legislature and Harry Templeton, executive secretary of the Indianapolis Real Estate Board, assured those at the meeting of the board’s cooperation.  The Capitol Avenue Protective Association plans to urge the separation of all white and colored school children of the city with separate schools.  Another meeting of the association will be held next week.

“Seek to Restrict Negro Resident,” The Indianapolis Times, 1 May 1920, p. 5:4


From The Indianapolis Times, Friday, April 30, 1920:  Tomorrow, Saturday, May 1 has been proclaimed “America Day” by Gov. James Goodrich “in order to combat the radical and un-American propaganda which has been cunningly spread in the United States by agitators who receive their inspiration from eastern Europe.”  Necessarily, Indianapolis public schools conducted programs today celebrating the event.  America Day was observed in some classrooms with singing of patriotic songs and reading of patriotic poems, while in others the selected quotations of President Theodore Roosevelt were recited, and flag drills conducted.  Patriotic addresses were delivered to student assemblies at Technical High School and Manual Training High School while students in each classroom at Shortridge High School discussed Americanization subjects.  George Buck, Shortridge principal, announced that students might contribute to a fund for war orphans and other practical Americanization relief work. 


“City Schools Observe Day of Patriotism,” The Indianapolis Times, 30 April 1920, p. 1:8


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