Gulfport, Mississippi History

Coast Episcopal Schools Teacher Honored

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Coast Episcopal Schools Teacher Honored
Mississippi Private School Education Association awards Jane Morris Estrada “Teacher of the Year” 1985-86

 

The Sea Coast Times Echo

Thursday, April 10, 1986

Page 10C

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“Coast Episcopal Schools Teacher Honored”

The Mississippi Private School Education Association each year sponsors a Teacher of the Year Award for elementary and secondary schools.

Each of the 90-member schools nominates a teacher as a candidate for this award. The school must submit letters of recommendation from parents, peer teachers, the principal, and a prominent local leader in the community.

The teacher nominated must submit a biographical sketch and a 300-word essay on a given topic. This year the topic was “Communication: the Key to Education.”

A panel of judges composed of the officers of the MPSEA makes the final selection.

Coast Episcopal Schools’ Jane Morris Estrada, second grade teacher at the elementary school in Bay St. Louis, has been chosen as Teacher of the Year for the MPSEA for 1985-86 school year.

Mrs. Estrada has taught for 22 years in both public and private schools. She has served as past president of the Harrison County Association of Educators, is a former board member for the Mississippi Association for Educators, elected as delegate to the NEA.

Mrs. Estrada is a member of the American Business Women’s Association and was selected Woman of the Year for the Gulfport Chapter. She is presently the Education and Scholarship chairperson.

She is a past Junior and Cadette Girl Scout Leader. She has been a member of the Harrison County Democratic Executive Committee, poll worker and manager.

The Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Mrs. Estrada at a recent MPSEA Convention held in Jackson by Association President Ernestine Cail from Strider Academy in Charleston, Miss.

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My mother, Jane (Morris) Estrada. She was the daughter of John Harkness Morris and Rosa Ann Elizabeth (Smith) Morris of Gulfport, Ms.

 

 

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Christmas Program for Methodist Sunday School-December 23 1921 in Gulfport, Mississippi

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December 20, 1921
Gulfport Daily Herald
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CHRISTMAS PROGRAM FOR METHODIST SUNDAY SCHOOL

Following is the program of the Methodist church Sunday School to be given Friday night, December 23, at 6:30:
Organ prelude, Mrs. Meadow, Violin Solo
Processional—Organ by Mrs. Meadow, primaries carrying gold stars, juniors carry pine branches, intermediates carrying candles, seniors carrying poinsettias;
Hymn, “Hark the Hearald Angels Sing,” all standing.
Prayer by Superintendent.
Solo, Miss Salome Syfan
“The Christmas Story,” Matthew 2:1-12, James Eaton
Song, “Away in the Manger,” Primaries, Stereo, First Christmas Morning
Reading, “The Other Wise Man,” Miss Irene Morris
Christmas Carols with stereopticon views—Carol, “It came Upon a Midnight Clear,” Stereos, 1. Wise Men consulting Herod, 2. Three Magi Guided by Star, 3. Adoration of Magi.
Carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” Carolers, Stereos, 2. Holy Land (Bethlehem), 2. The Star of Bethlehem.
Carol—“Hark! What Mean those Holy Voices?” Choir Stereo, Angel Choir
Carol, “Silent Night, Holy Night,” Sunday School, standing. Stereo: 1. Holy Child—First Christmas Night. 2. The Babe of Bethlehem.
Carol “While Shepherds Watched their Flocks,” choir.
Stereo, Angels Appearing to Shepherds
Hymn (Stereo) Joy to the World. Donald Lytle, Oscar Harper, Floyd Congregation, standing.
Benediction, Pastor.
The ushers will be Barney Eaton, Leonard Hardy, George Tomlinson, H. E. Blakeslee, Jr., Charles Stewart. Donald Lytle, Oscar Harper, Floyd Odom, George Darnall, Edgar Santa Cruz. The Christmas Tree will be decorated by Mrs. Evans and class and Mrs. J. C. Stewart, Misses Syfan, Tomlinson, Lewie Blakeslee, Hardy, Martha Morris and Mr. Wainwright.

 


 

My two great aunts, Irene “Rene” and Martha Morris , daughters of Edna Irene and David Edmund “D. E.” Morris participated in this Christmas program. There were residents of Gulfport during this time.

1970 Gulf Gardens Baptist Church Donation Envelope

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1970 Church Donation Envelope from Gulf Gardens Baptist Church
1970 Gulf Gardens Baptist Church Donation Envelope

I was lucky to have two church homes when I was growing up. My grandmother, Rosie Smith Morris was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in downtown Gulfport and my mother, Janie, grew up in that church. Such a beautiful church! I remember the old church before it burned and watched the new church rebuild after Hurricane Camille. I love the folks who knew me from birth at that church. I was active in the choir as a teenager and fellowshipped with many friends I grew up with there. Many wonderful memories as part of that church family.

Although I attended First Baptist Church in Gulfport for years off and on-was in child care there, my favorite church when I was growing up was a small neighborhood church in Gulf Gardens located across the street from Milner Stadium. It was only a block or two from my neighborhood. I felt God there in that church. I went to Bible School at this church, sang in the choir, participated in Girls Auxiliary and went to camps through in church. I loved the people and the friends I had there. Lots of fellowship and love in that church. Good people!