‘Legacy Tea’ to recognize Rosenwald schools
The theme for the tea is “A Commemoration and Celebration of the African American Educational Experience.” The program will be held in honor of students of Bena-Hayes (located at Hayes), Bethel (Sassafras), Gloucester Training School (Roanes), James Store (James Store), Purton (Signpine) and Woodville (Ordinary) schools. Dorothy C. Cooke, a member of sponsor T.C. Walker-Woodville-Rosenwald Foundation, said that Woodville School is the lone school still standing.
The tea will help spotlight the kickoff for the foundation’s fundraising efforts, Cooke said. Over an unspecified period, she said, the foundation hopes to renovate the Woodville School, located on Route 17 near 17 Plaza Shopping Center.
The Feb. 23 program will include foundation president Warren Deal explaining the group’s mission, Cooke said, as well as a flag ceremony with Boy Scout Troop 113 and music by the fifth grade chorus at Bethel Elementary School. Tea, light food and desserts will be served.
“We want the young people to interact with the older people to learn about what it was like attending a Rosenwald school,” Cooke said. Cooke herself attended the Bethel School at Sassafras for grades 1-5 back when there were separate community schools for blacks and whites.