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Many educational institutions provided material goods in their contribution to the war effort. While a significant portion of the items collected were not required, there was a need to involve people in the war effort so they would not dwell on the shortages on the home front. Through material assistance, young people felt they were making a major contribution to winning the war. Their involvement also offered encouragement to adults to do their best in support of the war effort.

One manner in which schools contributed was through paper drives. Many schools were divided into four sections and the section that collected the most paper would be awarded school banners and let out early. Every student participated. Some bundled, some stacked and some worked the streets with their wagons. A School in Quebec formed a school government as part of their studies. Their representative government organized a campaign to collect old newspapers and bottles. In the first two weeks, 2,000 magazines and 3,000 bottles were collected and four tones of paper was gathered. The collective school effort raised sixty dollars for the Red Cross. The teachers did not participate, thus demonstrating the communal dedication to the war effort on behalf of the students.

On April 14, 1941 a nationwide call to save waste material went out. It was expected that $10,000,000.00 would be raised in order to help charities. 100 tons of paper was needed to plan and build a battleship. Six old books provided enough material for one mortar shell carrier. Paper and cardboard cartons provided food containers for the troops, rifle cases and cases for shells. One old envelope even made up a cartridge wad.

Household bones were recycled and turned into glue for aero planes; and into glycerin for explosives. If every household gave two ounces a week, the country would salvage over 4,540,000 kg of bones a year for war purposes.

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