School named after woman who advocated for equality
As a mother of five in the 1960s, Dorothy Adkins was concerned about resistance in the South to the desegregation of schools.
She didn’t want her children to feel awkward, so she and some other mothers organized an interracial fellowship where their children could get to know children of other races during various events.
It was good that they knew each other and were used to each other when they went to school together. It turned out to be much more significant than we realized.” – Dorothy Adkins, resident at Good Samaritan Society – Denton Village
Dorothy, 99, was an elementary school teacher for 35 years in Denton and served on the school board.
In recent years, she’s had the honor of having an elementary school named after her.
“I am very honored every time I think about it,” says Dorothy. “I love going out there.”
Since Adkins Elementary School’s opening in 2014, Dorothy has visited each year on the first day to welcome students.
“It’s a joy every year to look forward to that visit,” Dorothy says.
During the school year, she makes visits to classrooms to read to students or bring in items that go along with what they’re studying.
“I’ve done quite a bit of traveling since retiring, so I bring slides from those trips,” she says. “I’ve played games with them, too.”
Dorothy loves children and says that as a teacher there was a never a dull moment in the classroom.
When asked what she liked about teaching, she says, “I felt like we were doing something very important. I feel that public education is the keystone of a democracy.”
Along with her five children, she has 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
After her husband died, Dorothy decided to tour Denton Village. She was living in a big house and didn’t want to cook anymore. She moved into a senior living apartment about four years ago.
She likes socializing in the dining room and appreciates the fact that there are different health care options available all on the same campus.
“I’ve found it very fulfilling and a good way to live, be happy and active, and stay healthy,” Dorothy says.