An elementary student makes good on Christmas pledges to his parents.

Dec. 28, 1957: John Benson, 6, is pictured making good on Christmas promises made to his parents, by making beds, drying dishes, and helping change and diaper his brother, Jeffrey, 7 months old.

John is a first grader at Erie's Burns Elementary School. He and classmates made and gave their parents coupon books of promises and services for household chores. Parents ripped a coupon from the books each time a promise was kept.

Burns Elementary was located on West Fifth Street near Chestnut Street.

Compiled by Valerie Myers