AECED Program gets updated look, brings Storyteller to Schools

Posted on February 22, 2017

The Library's AECED program, or Alliance for Education and Cultural Enrichment in Diboll, is getting an updated look after 25 years of serving the community.

Founded in 1992 by Neita Fran Ward, Helen Cheshire, and Kathy Sample, with Ward and librarian Brenda Russell acting as co-coordinators, the program exists to provide experiences for the students and citizens of Diboll that fill cultural and artistic gaps left by school funding issues and the geographic challenges of living in a rural community. The program regularly provides free cultural performances and speakers for the children of the Diboll Independent School District and the City of Diboll. Highlights have included visits from beloved author of the Hank the Cowdog series John Erickson, and recently the program has sent students to national touring performances of Broadway shows at the Temple Theater in Lufkin, Texas, and the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas.

Most recently, AECED sponsored a return visit from student-favorite storyteller, DeCee Cornish. Mr. Cornish has been a regular guest speaker during Black History Month in Diboll for years, and students are always thrilled to hear his stories and visit about his life.

We are excited for this new chapter in such an important public outreach program, and hope that you all will keep an eye out for exciting things that the AECED program will be doing soon!