Baker County community joins together to restore old school
December 11, 2005
Newton-- Graduates and teachers from an old South Georgia high school continue to join together in an effort to preserve what they call a historical landmark.
The East Baker Historical and 21st Century Community Corporation held their annual fundraising banquet. The money goes towards the restoration of the old East Baker Elementary and High School. Four years ago, graduates and teachers joined together to restore the school when they heard it may be torn down.
The building now serves as a community resource center and board members also have other big plans.
"It helps to try to motivate them to come on let's work the rest of this year and next year until this time next year so that we can do even more than we did the previous year. Our goal is to have a commercial kitchen in this building," says CEO Shirley Sherrod.
A commercial kitchen would allow the board to help other businesses get started in the area. The committee board has been able to get some funding from the state to do repairs to the school but relies on donations to continue restoration efforts. Money for the majority of repairs came out of their own pockets.