Ninety-six year-old Rosetta S. Scott of Parkville has been selected the 2013 AARP Missouri Andrus Award for Community Service recipient. She is being honored for her efforts to restore and preserve the historic Banneker School in Parkville. Scott is a Founding Board Member of the Banneker School Foundation that is charged with completely restoring the one-room school that will become home to a living history museum and interpretive center.
“Rosetta is one of our unsung heroes,” said Platte AARP Chapter President Teresa Glynn who nominated Scott. “She is awe-inspiring in everything she says and does for everyone.” In addition to her work in preserving Banneker School, Scott is an exemplary member of the Platte chapter.
“Rosetta’s supportive dedication has proven that she has improved and made better the quality of life for all of us. She has improved the community by her participation with the school, Park University, church, civic organizations, and missionary service,” Glynn added.
Scott was born in 1917 in Hillsboro, Texas. She is a member of the Washington Chapel CME Church, Missouri District, Kansas-Missouri Region, 3rd Episcopal District. In July 2012, Scott received a Proclamation from Parkville Mayor James C. Brooks in celebration of her 95th birthday and to recognize her lifetime of public service achievements and contributions.
As the 2013 AARP Missouri Andrus Award for Community Service recipient, Scott will receive a $1,000.00 contribution to the Banneker School Foundation and will be honored in the fall with a reception hosted by AARP Missouri.
Banneker School in Parkville
The one-room school under restoration is named after Benjamin Banneker, a free black man who, in the 1700s, helped survey and design the city of Washington, DC. It is located at Eighth and West streets in Parkville and opened in 1885 with construction help from students in Park University’s work-study program.
Park University is currently playing a role in the restoration efforts of the school, one of the first one-room schoolhouses west of the Mississippi River and the first African-American one-room schoolhouse in Platte County. The school operated for 18 years, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is considered one of Missouri’s Top 10 Most Endangered Historic Places by the Missouri Preservation Organization.
Involved individuals are currently documenting stories of the school’s attendees and their descendants as part of the Banneker School Foundation and Historic Site’s three-year capital campaign, “Preserving the Path to Equality: The Campaign for Banneker School and Historic Site.” A total of $580,000 is needed to totally restore the site.