Sincere thanks to all who helped to make a dream that began in a little two-room schoolhouse in Moscow, Arkansas become actualized in San Bernardino, California.
On August 23, 2012, the San Bernardino City Unified School District held official ground breaking ceremonies for the Dr. Mildred Dalton Henry Elementary School, thus continuing a legacy of public service, education, and entreprenurial tenacity of generations of the Dalton and Rodgers families. Alma Rodgers Dalton was a public school teacher in excess of 60 years, beginning in 1923. Ulysses Grant Dalton Jr. owned a farm, a cotton gin, and a general store at Tamo, Arkansas. The road from slavery to freedom culminated in establishing the Non-profit 501 (3)(C) Provisional Educational Services Inc., DBA The Provisional Accelerated Learning (PAL) Center and Charter Academy in San Bernardino. The ultimate honor was the ground breaking for the Dalton Henry Elementary School.
The legacy is now passed to the next generation; to my children Alvia, Delano and Lawrence Hampton, and the grandchildren, all of whom are in education or entreprenurial careers. The torch is also passed to the tens of thousands of individuals whose lives were impacted by the numerous programs, eleven at one time, at the PAL Center in San Bernardino. Services have been continuous since 1986. The current Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Employment Program staff, and the PAL Charter Academy High School staff continue the legacy by providing services to hundreds of youth each year.
From the wood burning, pot bellied stove in a two-room schoolhouse in Arkansas, to the solar energy and towers of California State University at San Bernardino, there were shoulders on which I stood, and mentors and community individuals who supported the dream.
Thanks to the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Education for recognizing diversity and the value of community-based education. My 93-year-old church member remarked, “If I can walk, I will be there”. She and her husband were sitting at the groundbreaking site when I arrived. These are the shoulders on which I stand, and the legacy that I now leave to future generations. Thanks to all of you for your support. Together we are making a difference.
Mildred Dalton Hampton-Henry, Ph.D. San Bernardino, California