Chevy Girls & World War II, Page 2

Service in the Red Cross


The Red Cross also played an important role in the wartime service of Chevy girls. Described in the 1944 issue of the school's yearbook The Chaser, the Red Cross gave a course at the school one night a week in order to instruct students how to feed civilians in the event of a disaster.  The class was taught at the domestic practice house, a suburban home adjacent to the junior college that was used for instruction by the home economics department.  It provided the ideal setting for learning how to secure a home in the event of enemy bombing, and provide food for the displaced and injured.   
Red Cross Business Card, CCHS 500.22.02



Another course offered by the Red Cross was the Standard Course of Instruction in First Aid to the Injured. Jean Rountree participated in this course and received a certificate of completion in September 1941. Highlighting the activities of the girls who participated, she took snapshots of herself and fellow classmates in their uniforms as they performed routine exercises. These Chevy girls dedicated themselves to learning life saving measures so that they could serve their country and come to the assistance of others in a wartime emergency.
Jean Rountree in Red Cross Uniform, CCHS 500.22.06




Jean Rountree's Red Cross Card, 1943,
CCHS 500.22.01
Red Cross Practice, 1940-1945, Jean Rountree,
CCHS 500.22.39




Although World War II was a difficult time in our nation's history, the students of Chevy Chase Junior College were dedicated to serving the country in any way they could.  Supported by President Sutherlin, Dean Howey, and the rest of the Chevy Chase faculty and staff, the Chevy girls worked hard to do their part.   And happily for some, that meant more than just buying bonds and civil defense classes.  Some students also had the opportunity to attend dances with service men, events that took everyone’s mind off the daily reminders of the sacrifices being made on the battle field.