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Congressional Record concerning Pewitt consolidation
Items from The Naples Monitor and The Omaha Breeze about Pewitt CISD Consolidation: Open Letter to the Naples and Omaha communities
from Paul H. Pewitt
From The Naples Monitor, from March 2, 1950, and The Omaha Breeze, from March 2, 1950
I wish to take this opportunity to say to you that I am aware of your present community school problems. I know that your children are dear to you and their future is your greatest concern. I know that your school facilities have been inadequate, and that due to the recent storm which damaged the Omaha School building, the situation has come to a climax--something now must be done.
Last week I requested that I be allowed to sit in a joint meeting of your school boards so that I could get a better understanding of your problems. The urgent need for school facilities and the financial picture painted by your Board Members in this meeting was very discouraging to all. It was plainly brought out at this meeting that even by consolidating your two school districts, it would still be impossible to finance the construction of a school that would meet the needs that exist in the community. At this meeting I was convinced that consolidation of the two districts, together with private financial assistance, would be the only way you could solve your problem of providing adequate educational opportunities for your children.
In order that the proposed plan of consolidation may be effected, and your community school needs may be realized, I am willing to make a substantial contribution to this worthy cause. I will purchase 100 acres of land located on U. S. highway 67 approximately mid-way between Naples and Omaha, and will donate this land to the new school district for school plant site and an agricultural experimental farm. Also, I agree to donate the use of my equipment for the preparation of the site for the school plant. In addition to this, I will make the new consolidated school district an outright gift of $100,000.00 with no strings attached, other than that the money shall be used for the construction of a modern school, which we all know will be an incentive for the youth of your community to apply themselves and thereby enable them to be better citizens. We all know that our youth of today are our citizens of tomorrow and it is our responsibility to afford them every opportunity to make the best of their lives.
I wish to also make it known that without the faithful and loyal cooperation of my employees over a long period of years, I would not be able to make this contribution to what I consider a very worthy cause.
It is my sincere hope that in this way I may be able to help you provide for you children the finest of public school facilities.
Yours very truly
Paul H. Pewitt
To the People Of Omaha and Naples Independent School Districts
From The Omaha Breeze,
Have you stopped to think what Mr. Pewitt's offer to our school really means?
We often read in the papers or hear of a similar case, but when it happens to us it is hard to grasp the real meaning.
Simply put, to me it means now our children will be able to receive the very best in public school education. Without Mr. Pewitt's generosity this would have been impossible.
Do we thank Mr. Pewitt? Sure we do. Your vote for the consolidation of the Omaha and Naples School District on March 21 will not only be a vote for the best school in the whole Northeast Texas area, but will also be a vote of thanks and appreciation to Mr. Pewitt. This is the very least that any of us can do.
Jack Vaughan, mayor
From The Omaha Breeze,
March 2, 1950
March 21st 1950 CIRCLE THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR
VOTE FOR SCHOOL CONSOLIDATION
Just remember one thing...all legally qualified voters in Omaha and Naples Independent School districts should vote YES on March 21st for consolidation.
By voting YES...You assure your children of the finest educational opportunities in N. E. Texas.
You certainly can express you appreciation to Mr. Paul H. Pewitt for his very generous, financial assistance towards the creation of our new school facilities by voting YES for consolidation.
Don't forget March 21st. Be at the polls and exercise your
Naples and Omaha
From The Naples Monitor, March 24, 1950
This past Tuesday March 21st, the fine people of Omaha, Naples, Dalton, Lone
Oak, Rocky Point, Plainview and Bryans Mill certainly expressed their desire to provide
our children with first class school facilities.