Little School of 400 marker dedication set

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

Nov. 10, 2010 at 5:10 a.m.
Updated Nov. 11, 2010 at 5:11 a.m.

A dedication ceremony of the historical marker for the Little School of the 400 will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ganado Elementary School.

The Little School began in the summer of 1957, and became the precursor for Project Headstart, now recognized as the United States Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Program.

Head Start is known nationally as a comprehensive educational program that provides social and scholastic tools for low-income children and their families.

In its first year, the Little School of 400 set out to teach 400 English vocabulary words to Spanish-speaking children to help integrate them into the mainstream public school system.

The initial class, led by Ganado resident and Little School founder Isabel Verver, produced 60 graduates before the 1957 fall semester.

Former president of the League of Untied Latin American Citizens, Felix Tijerina, was also a key visionary for the Little School.

The historical marker is already in place in front of Ganado Elementary School, 310 S. Fifth St. in Ganado.

Local, state and federal officials have been invited to attend.



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