I vividly recall our teachers having Wartime Savings Stamps that were offered for sale once a week at 25 cents each.
We were given cards that had 12 spaces allotted for the stamps. When these were filled we would turn them in at the Post Office and, through the government, would receive a certificate in the amount of Five Dollars. Gee, not bad, invest Four Dollars and get five back in return when the certificates come due.
The students of Victoria & Haliburton elementary schools had one goal in mind - to purchase enough stamps to buy a Spitfire Aircraft to help defeat the Nazi tyranny that was threatening our freedom.
Eventually we had reached our goal and the big day came when children from all over the two counties gathered in Fenelon Falls. Here, with a vast number of politicians gathered, we made a make formal presentation of the aircraft we were so proud to call "ours".
I often felt the system teachers used to mark our progress was, to say the least, embarrassing for some of the students. They placed a large piece of white cardboard on a blackboard on one side of the room and for every stamp a student bought, a red star was placed beside his or her name. When the student had purchased enough stamps to qualify for a certificate a lovely gold stamp took up spot number 16!
As you will probably recall, money was hard to come by in those years and families with one child could afford a quarter or more a week, but for those who had several children it was next to impossible for their youngsters to ever qualify for a gold star.
It was not uncommon, on the days stamps were sold and stars stuck beside the students' names, to see many youngsters lower their heads in shame because they didn't have the money to buy a stamp to help the war effort.
They did, however, help in many other ways by gathering tin foil, newspapers, etc. to help our boys win the war.