Alumni Association Set to Help Navasota Students Excel in School

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The Navasota George Washington Carver Alumni Association President Mildred Edwards says Navasota school kids will soon have a place to receive extra help with their studies.

"It's going to be kind of like school, but we're going to give it a different twist," raves Edwards.

In January, members of the Carver Alumni Association are planning to open the Carver Resource Center.

"We'll be doing the reading labs, the writing labs, the computer labs," Edwards said. "We'll be offering some of the things they actually have at school. And this will just be an addition to that."

The twist she mentioned will come in the form of dancing and other arts programs. Edwards says implementing these programs will hopefully give kids a place to go to express their creativity outside of academics.

For the past 10 years, alumni have petitioned Navasota Independent School District officials for the old high school building where their lives were impacted.

"We learned so much at the old school and we were just so enlightened and enriched, why not help the other kids," Edwards said.

The association awards between $25,000 and $30,000 yearly in scholarship aid, but Edwards says they wanted to do more.

Back in July, the school board members and administrators honored their request and donated the school to the group.

"It was just pure excitement for me," Edwards said.

The center will partner with the school district and initially provide tutoring in core subjects for third through twelfth grade students.

Edwards says in light of TAKS concerns, the center will focus on giving students extra instructions.

Edwards adds, "We know they start about the third grade with TAKS and so we're going to start working with those kids because we want them to finish strong in May."

The push now, is to get the facility set-up and ready. The group has already received some help from the community.

"We've been blessed, Edwards gleams. "The Brazos Foundation gave us our first $500. We're excited about that."

The Brazos Valley Council of Governments even donated furniture.

Edwards says in addition to furniture, the center will need monetary donations to operate along with all volunteer teaching and administrative staff.

Having cleared one hurdle, Edwards is confident everything else will fall into place.

"Even though we don't have all the money we need, we know it's coming, Edwards said. "We know it's coming."

Parents will be able to register their children for the tutoring program in January at the Carver Resource Center. In order to begin the registering process, parents need to bring their child's report card.

Tutoring at the resource center will be offered Monday-Thursday, 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 pm. to noon.

The center is located at 1602 S. LaSalle Street and is open Monday-Friday between 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you have questions or want to volunteer, call Mildred Edwards at (936) 870-7240 or any member of the Carver Alumni Association.