Excerpt of a letter sent
from Director Dorothy Hill George to Garé's
mother in November 1937:
... We have had time to discover that Garé
has real talent. She is a fine student and her
instructors have a very real interest in helping
her to progress. So many show promise at first
and then fall by the wayside for any one of a
number of reasons that when we find someone like
Garé who continues to fulfill our high hopes, we
congratulate ourselves and hurry to assure you
that all is well ...
... Garé is a dear in every way and we are
enjoying having her with us ...
Already the following month
George sent another letter to Garé's mother (excerpt):
... We enjoy so much having Garé with us.
She is a student with more than exceptional
talent and good taste, and we regard her progress
and quality of craftmanship well up in the rank
of the five outstanding students in her very
large class ...
... Garé's marks are as follows: Color A,
General Design A, Representation A, Modelling A-,
Figure Drawing A+ ...
Right after the arrival of this letter her
parents received a brief note from Garé saying
that her marks in Figure Drawing had been
incorrect; the correct one was A- ...
In December 1937 Garé
wrote a letter to her parents. In it she also
commented on 'the state of affairs' at the school
... Irene and I are getting along fine in our
new room. I find it much better to work in than
the other ...
... I'm ashamed to leave you so long between
times without news but it seems I haven't a
minute. I work until 12 and 1:30 and 3:00 for
about 3 nights in a row, then go to bed early one
night and so on. I snatch sleep between the time
I come home and going to dinner. You see, most of
the kids major in one subject and I'm majoring in
two and part of a third ...
In June of 1938 George sent
Garé a longer, semi-personal letter which ended:
... With best wishes for a wonderful summer,
and the hope that you will be able to come back
to us, for your unusual talent makes you one of
our leading lights and I know Mr. Lindergreen (Assistant
Director - Editor's remark) would be very
much disappointed if you did not finish the
course in which you have made such a fine
Garé left the school with a full year's
scholarship, the first ever to be issued to a
girl the second year!
In September 1938 George
wrote to Garé (excerpt):
... We enjoyed having you with us last year,
and because of your excellent record, shall look
forward with much interest to what you may expect
to accomplish next year ...
... School reopens September 26 and there will be
more news of interest to tell you when you come
back for registration ...
Not only did Garé come back, she received
three more scholarships!