LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Little Rock School District gave a former school campus to a non-profit Tuesday.
Founded 40 years ago, The Watershed is a non-profit agency whose mission is to serve those with the most need, providing food and clothing, utility assistance, transportation and special outreach services for persons with disabilities.
The agency assumed operations in the Gillam building after its closure in the early 80s. Gillam opened as an elementary school in 1963. In 1975 it was annexed to the Granite Mountain School, housing the kindergarten, four-year-old program and project aware. In 1979 it became a learning center for special education students. It closed at the end of the 1981-82 school year. The school was named in honor of Isaac Gillam, Jr., the son of a slave who made a noticeable mark on education in Little Rock.
The property was sold for just $10. Someone and even that cost was covered through a donation.
The Watershed founder Reverand Hezekiah Stewart had this to say at the ceremony,
“God has blessed us with (Superintendent) Mr. Poore and the Little Rock School District to sign it over to us, and that means we have to do right”.
Gillam Elementary was named after the son of a slave who made a big impact on education in Little Rock.