An­der­son school has dimmed

The Dallas Morning News - - Nation & World -

The clos­ing of Pearl C. An­der­son Mid­dle School Learn­ing Cen­ter in South Dal­las sev­eral years ago de­pressed an al­ready de­pressed area. The build­ing has now be­come a can­vas for graf­fiti artists.

Pearl C. An­der­son re­ceived national recog­ni­tion when, in 1954, she deeded a tract of land val­ued at $350,000 to the Dal­las Com­mu­nity Chest Trust Fund. The essence of her phi­lan­thropy is best cap­tured in one of her fa­vorite phrases: “What you keep is what you use, but what you give is what you have.”

She in­sisted that her funds be used with­out re­gard to race or creed. The Dal­las ISD hon­ored her when the school was named for her. Now the school build­ing that bears her name, once a bea­con of light, is grad­u­ally be­com­ing a bea­con of blight.

Robert E. Edi­son, Pleas­ant Grove

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