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Handbook, 1909
			

                      A. M. E. Church.                       17

  Our first Educational Day Rally was in 1884. Since then there has
been a steady increase every year; the reports for the last quadren-
nium showing receipts of over $150,000--handled annually in the main-
tenance of our schools. Seventy-five thousand of this representing
our voluntary contributions and the remainder that paid into the
school treasuries by students. In this way we have already applied
over two million dollars in our school work since 1884.
  This we regard as a splendid showing for so short a time. Since
we planted the first seed at Wilberforce has been but a half century.
Then we had no assets and nothing on which to rely but faith in
God and our own possibilities. By exercising this faith and organiz-
ing our forces we stand before the world today owning, managing
and supporting twenty institutions of learning--employing 190 teach-
ers, serving over 5,700 pupils, with a valuation of school property of
$950,000-all of which we cheerfully dedicate and consecrate to the
cause of Christian education.
  Let us all strive hard to bring about still better results and awaken
in our people a more lively interest in our educational work.
         Respectfully submitted,             J. R. HAWKINS,
                       Commissioner of Education, Kittrell, N. C.
       Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio.
  Wilberforce University, the mother of our series of
schools, now in her fifty-third year of age, did a very suc-
cessful year's work ending in June, 1909, under the admin-
istration of Doctor W. S. Scarborough, A. M., LL. D., be-
ing his first year. The enrollment was slightly below that of
the year previous, but the attendance was more regular.
The number was 321.
  This University is an honor to the race but suffers great-
ly from an overburdened controling Board. It may never
be expected to succeed without a change at this point; its
possibilities are great, almost beyond measure, but will not
be realized without this change.
Number of students for the year .................... 321
Number of professors and instructors .............    27
Receipts for 1908-'09 ..................................$19,712.92
Disbursements .......................................... 19,418.01

     Balance .......................................        294.91
Assets ...... ...............................$20,200.14
Endowment Fund ........... ...............    34,759.13




			
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Handbook, 1909


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