Immokalee's new Bethune Center to be rededicated Feb. 9th
It was 1960.
Dorcas Howard landed her first job out of college teaching first grade at the only first- through 12th-grade all-black school in Immokalee: the Bethune School.
"You can go for one year," her parents told her.
More than 50 years later, she remains rooted in Immokalee by the job and the community as a new campus opens to replace the historic school where she started her career.
After seven months of demolition and reconstruction, two new buildings stand in the place of that historic school.
The $6.5 million Bethune Education Center sits in the middle of Immokalee's black community and is home to the district's alternative schools and federal programs. Inside, a commemorative hallway details the school's history from the days of segregation to now.
To be successful, two things are needed, Howard said: the best education possible and respect.
The Bethune School represented those two things then, and still does today.
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