Save the Myrtle Springs, Texas School Building

To donate by check, make payable to Myrtle Springs Alumni Association and mail to the association's President,  Tresea Godwin Stringer, 20680 Interstate 20, Wills Point, TX 75169.  We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Our EIN is 83-2558049.

For more information, text or call 972-363-5710.

About me and I how I got involved:
I retired a few years ago from a career as a business process improvement consultant and began producing coastal Bermuda hay on my farm near Myrtle Springs in East Texas.  Late last year, I learned of a nearby historic school building in this impoverished area that was in danger of being demolished because of its badly leaking roof and the frustration of its volunteer caretakers, an aging group of alumni members.  They were planning to meet in October for the very last time in order to vote to abandon the property, dissolve their organization, and effectively turn the land over to the state.  Their treasury was nearly empty, they were tired, and a majority felt they had fought the battle for the last time. 
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I was asked to join their Board in order to provide a fresh perspective, give encouragement, and explore possible ways money could be raised to save the old building.  Besides being an old Texas historic school building, the “Myrtle Springs School Alumni Association,” operated the building and surrounding six acres as a community center and free public park for local citizens and their children within miles of their small unincorporated town.  

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I sincerely hope and pray that I have not given the members of the Association and area citizens false hope.  With your help and God’s, I remain convinced that we can save the building and continue to operate it as a community center and public park for future generations.  If enough people make even a small contribution, we can save the building, community center, and its six-acre children’s park.  Of course, we’ll gladly accept large contributions as well.

Here is our story:
Public school-minded citizens across the nation, and particularly teachers and educators in Texas, should be especially interested in helping a small group of volunteers save this historic school building— the ONLY REMAINING COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL BUILDING in Texas. 

No one knows exactly when the school began, but according to “The Handbook of Texas Online,” school enrollment reached 120 in 1906.  Over time, various buildings were built and replaced.  Grades one through eleven were taught for many years, but grades seven through eleven were periodically dropped for various reasons including declining enrollment.

After the 1976-77 term, its final forty-two students transferred to other area schools.  Since then, its aging and diminishing volunteer care-taker alumni group has struggled to maintain the old single-story wood structure and keep it open as the only community center, public stage performance center, and free children’s playground within miles for its small number of mostly impoverished citizens and their children.  Local citizens have been generous with their past financial support, but current repair needs are far beyond their limited incomes.

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If the few surviving alumni members are not able to raise approximately $125,000 soon to replace its badly leaking roof and make other essential repairs, this historic East Texas landmark will further deteriorate and become only a distant memory.  These volunteers desperately need your generous support.  Unless adequate funds are raised soon, the group will vote to demolish the building, turn the property over to the State of Texas, and dissolve its organization.

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The old school building has been in need of a new roof for several years but has now reached the point where continuing leaks are causing structural damage that, left unrepaired, will soon render the entire structure non-savable.  

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Prior to the roof’s starting to leak badly two years ago due to age and one particularly bad windstorm, the Myrtle Springs School Alumni Association was able to maintain the building through bake sales, plays, and occasionally leasing it out for weddings, showers, and stage performances.  Now, however, because of the building’s current unsafe condition, that income stream has largely gone away.

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By replacing the roof and making a few additional repairs, sufficient annual revenue can again be generated to maintain the building and continue its use for local citizens.

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Organized as a non-profit under the laws of Texas, the Myrtle Springs School Alumni Association’s mission is to:

·       Preserve and maintain the building as an historic landmark for future generations,

·       Provide a library and museum of the school’s historic books, albums, photos, trophies, and artifacts,

·       Operate the historic school building, baseball field,  and other property as a public park and playground for area citizens and their children,

·       Provide a venue for aspiring actors and actresses to perform before friendly live audiences,

·       Provide a place for area citizens to gather.


Myrtle Springs, a small unincorporated community with a population of about 828, is approximately 60 miles east of Dallas, TX.  With only a couple of public businesses, it has no libraries or public schools. 

If you prefer to donate directly to this charity using PayPal, click here: https://www.paypal.me/myrtlespringsschool

To donate by check, make payable to Myrtle Springs Alumni Association and mail to the association's President,  Tresea Godwin Stringer, 20680 Interstate 20, Wills Point, TX 75169.  We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Our EIN is 83-2558049.

For more information, text or call 972-363-5710.

The Myrtle Springs School Alumni Association’s Facebook page can be found at:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1510264319294156/. 

My personal Facebook page can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/billyrusk.

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Bill Rusk 
Organizer
Canton, TX
Brandy veihl 
Beneficiary
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