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Historic school house still vital part of community

By Cameron Wallace

The Cuero Record

Since 1870, the Green DeWitt School House has, in one form or another, been an essential part of the Green DeWitt Community.

The school house is the only public structure ever built in the community. For 51 years, teachers in the one-room school at Green DeWitt provided an education for the children of the community. When the school doors closed, the building was left to the elements, until The Green DeWitt Community Club stepped in and assumed upkeep of the building and grounds.

The building is now busy with monthly club meetings, birthday celebrations, family reunions, 4-H meetings, being used as a voting precinct, baby showers, holiday celebrations, and other civic gatherings, and...a school.

A school? Yes, a school--of sorts.

Sarah Sturm, mother of five, schools her children at the Green DeWitt School House.

“We did homeschool our children for a couple of years, and my husband and I run a non-profit,” says Sturm. “A couple of years ago, we had to make a decision about how much time we were willing to spend apart, so homeschooling at first was First grade.

“It’s a little complicated. For the past year-and-a-half we’ve been here and in Austin. The kids are actually enrolled in school there. We decided to move back here and start homeschooling again.”

Sturm is actually one generation removed from Cuero. “My great grandparents and grandmother all grew up here, and my husband is from here, so coming here was easy.”

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