- WRE began in Gary, Indiana taught in public high schools. Began by local clergy at the request of Gary Public School Superintendent, William Wirt.
- Walter Scott Athearn, Director of School of Religious Education and Social Service, Boston University presented his address on "The Correlation of Church and State" to the Third Annual Conference on Character Education in Indianapolis.
- Virginia survey showed that of 18,434 high school students, only one out of ten could name as many as three Old Testament prophets. Approximately one-half the four gospels, and about one-third could name as many as three of Jesus' twelve disciples. Conclusion that our high school students were biblically illiterate. The Virginia State Department of Education made the first move toward resolving this dilelmma.
- On September 21, 1925, Dr. Harris Hart, State Department Superintendent, wrote to Dr. Minor C. Miller, Executive Secretary of the Virginia Council of Religious Education. Dr. Hart said that in his opinion, the way was open to begin Weekday Religious Education on the basis of released time from public schools. Dr. Minor C. Miller laid the groundwork for WRE classes to be taught throughout Virginia.
- On December 11, 1925, twenty-eight interested persons from Augusta and Rockingham Counties met at the Staunton Y.M.C.A. for an organizational meeting, with Dr. Minor C. Miller presiding. They decided to begin classes in Rockingham County and also in the Arlington - Fairfax area, to initiate one or two pilot projects. The Board of Superintendents enthusiastically voted to release every child in the county for two hours per week for Bible classes in the churches. However, the County School Superintendent preferred to have the religious instruction in the public schools, and included access to all facilities.
AND MORE RECENTLY:
- Pulaski WRE voluntarily moved out of public schools since the matter of separation of church and state had become a hotly debated issue in some areas of the state. Some classes were held in area churches. Students transported by bus. 50th anniversary of Pulaski Co. WRE - history speech by Ms. Gerolean M. Buckner.
- Olive Clark retired and Evelyn Simmons took over the position of State Coordinator.
- Release Time Bible classes taught to public school students in 23 states.
- Kindergarten curriculum was added to "Adventures In Christian Living" guides.
(Page County withdrew from the Virginia Weekday Religious Education Program.) Evelyn Simmons retired from the post of State Coordinator and Faye Drewry was hired for the position.
- There were 20 WRE Councils, 43 teachers and approximately 12,000 students in Virginia