Kids helping the war effort
By Janet Olmstead b. 1932
I’m glad to talk about a memory I have of those years. We were all so patriotic back then. My special memory is about the day my town, Springfield, closed all the schools and told the kids to go collect scrap for the war effort. First we cleaned out our own houses and farms. But then we started going alongside the roads and found so much stuff like tires, cans and even old stoves. We had so much fun yelling to each other about what we found. Adults helped us haul stuff to the central collection place. We stayed out all day until dark. We wanted to do it again the next day, but we had to go back to school. Besides, we had collected a mountain of scrap. I only remember doing it once.