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Bethune School

In 1904, Mary McLeod Bethune began a school for poor African American children in Daytona, Florida. With only $1.50 to start the school, she had to be very creative. The desks were made from packing crates found at the dump. The students used wrapping paper from a butcher shop as notebook paper. When the school opened, there were only six students, one of them her son. Mary and the students raised money for their school through bake sales. With hard work, the school grew. After two years, her school had 250 students, four teachers and a night school for adults. By 1923, there were over 600 students. The school that Mary started with $1.50 is now Bethune-Cookman College. Currently, the college has over 2,000 students in attendance.