ADDRESS DELIVERED AT THE EXERCISES IN CONNECTION WITH THE PRESENTATION OF PRIZES AND CERTIFICATES OF AWARD IN THE LIVE-AT-HOME CONTEST IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS THE HALL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
JUNE 23, 1930
Mr. Superintendent, My School Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen:
For me, this is indeed a happy occasion. This morning I think I have a fuller realization of the meaning of Peter, who when standing on the Mount of Transfiguration after a new and rich religious experience, exclaimed, "Lord, it is good for us to be here."
It is good for us to be here, because this occasion symbolizes the full fruition of an idea translated into an actuality through the thought, the coöperation, and the high endeavor of an entire state.
We have met this morning to give official recognition to those school boys and girls who have done most to project an idea into practice for the improvement of the economic condition of the half of the people of our State who are engaged in agriculture. And we are happy to do honor to you young people. You merit it. Yet this occasion is significant for much more than its immediate purpose. You are the symbol through which a whole people--dealt a heavy blow by financial adversity declared its determination to rise on stepping stones of dead agricultural hopes to a higher economic and social life.
These exercises, Ladies and Gentlemen, are not merely an occasion for presenting prizes to school children for excellence in competitive essay contests. As