AARP Missouri, Banneker School Foundation Recognize Member for Outstanding Community Service

AARP Missouri and the Banneker School Foundation will host a reception to honor Rosetta S. Scott of Parkville, who received the 2013 AARP Missouri Andrus Award for Community Service for her efforts to restore and preserve the historic Banneker School in Parkville. The event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. in the McCoy Meetin’ House on the University’s Parkville Campus.

The Andrus Award for Community Service was established in remembrance of AARP founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. It recognizes outstanding AARP volunteers and members who make a powerful difference in their communities, and is the organization’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award. . In recognition for receiving the Andrus Award for Community Service, AARP will donate $1,500 to the Banneker School Foundation in Scott’s name.

Scott was born in 1917 in Hillsboro, Texas. In addition to raising thousands of dollars to benefit the Banneker School, she participates with AARP, Platte (County, Mo.) Senior Services and Meals on Wheels. In July 2012, Scott received a proclamation from Parkville Mayor James C. Brooks in celebration of her 95th birthday, and to recognize her lifetime of public service achievements and contributions.

Banneker School opened in 1885 in the shadow of Jim Crow laws when racially segregated schools were mandated in most Southern states, including Missouri. Park University students helped construct the school at 8th and West streets in Parkville, which operated for the next 18 years before the student population outgrew the one-room schoolhouse. The school was sold and eventually fell into disrepair. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Banneker School is considered one of Missouri’s most endangered historic places by the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation.

The Banneker School Foundation aims to raise funds to renovate the one-room school into a living history museum and interpretive center. The Foundation, with help from volunteers and local organizations passionate about the preservation of the school, formulated a three-year capital campaign, “Preserving the Path to Equality: The Campaign for the Banneker School Restoration Project.” The goal is to raise $580,000 to restore the school, transform it into a living history museum and create an interpretive center that will feature historical displays and exhibits. In addition to opening the museum, the Foundation plans to solicit private gifts to endow scholarships for teachers and students to pursue continuing education or degrees related to math and science.

For more information about the Banneker School Foundation or the reception honoring Scott, contact Liz Miller at (816) 808-3211.

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