A Legacy In Learning: Blackshear Elementary Celebrates 100 Years

Blackshear Elementary parents and alumni celebrate 100 years of education.

Parents, alumni and community leaders headed to the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum on December 10th to celebrate a century of educating the students of Blackshear Elementary. For Principal Alicia Lewis this gala was about bringing her Blackshear “family” together to acknowledge its history and celebrate what’s to come.

For Lewis, educating our youth is a passion and one that lead her to become the principal of Blackshear Elementary, a school in Houston’s Third Ward that has struggled or failed to meet the Texas Education Agency metric. Lewis is working to turn the school’s struggling numbers around. One of her missions is to engage parents and encourage them to volunteer and get involved with the school. For Lewis and the Blackshear family, this gala was also about bringing parents and teachers together and fostering parental involvement with groups like Blackshear’s Parent Teacher Organization.

The gala was free for all parents thanks to a generous gift from UH Board of Visitors’ Chair, Jack Moore and UH Third Ward Task Force Chair, Wayne Luckett. This September, Moore and Luckett presented Principal Lewis with a check to cover gala costs.

The University of Houston, located in Third Ward, is working with struggling schools in the area to enhance their quality of education through student/teacher engagement, technology resources and health and family resources.

Dinner, musical entertainment and engagement were all part of the celebration throughout the evening. As Principal Lewis looks ahead her mission is to continue to foster students’ growth, “The biggest thing we want is academic growth and parent involvement.”

(This is a follow up to an earlier story Houston Public Media posted about Blackshear’s parent engagement initiative.)

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