Commemorating the 50th year of the Civil Rights Act; one woman remembers what school was like

LAKE WORTH, Fla. - Trudy Lowe, a program director at For the Children, can remember the days when she was a student at Lake Worth's Osborn Colored School Addition.

It was back in the sixties when schools were segregated.

She remembers how resources were slim for her forth grade class.

" I can recall that in one classroom, there was one book and maybe 15 children, " said Lowe.

The building has been standing on Douglas Street since 1947.

The school still has it's original foundation. The outside was painted a few years back.

From the original wood ceiling, to the play yard.

Lowe said, " We still have the original blacktop that I played on."

But a lot of the school has changed as well.

The floor has been re-tiled, and painted figures and posters now drape along the hallway and in the two classrooms.

After the signing of the Civil Rights Act, Lowe was one of the first black students to integrate Barton Elementary School and, even though the name of the school has changed to For the Children, Lowe appreciates what she learned when she was a child attending Osborne School and can now pass on her lessons to future generations.

"It's so diverse, and to see that you don't have ro be rhe only child to walk in this door now," said Lowe.