Mr. Norman Rozeff from the Harlingen Historical Preservation Society has been a valuable resource in procuring the following information of Milam Elementary School’s history.
This information was provided by Mr. Rozeff via email. He has given permission to use this research on Milam’s webpage.
Milam Elementary Is Born
“In the late 1930s and early 1940s the Farm Security Administration had a camp on Rangerville Road where migrant labor could stay and their children be provided with different services, including health and education. It was one of 42 reception centers around the state. The Valley had two; the one in Harlingen and another in Weslaco. The present school location along Rangerville Road was very nearby.
The labor camp had a large wooden auditorium which served as a school facility as well as a meeting place. In subsequent years the camp served Latin migrant worker families. Later even a church utilized it. When Ben Milam School was erected in the 1960s, the auditorium was still there, and the school used it until it burned down.”A new addition to the school was made in 1992 that now contains the front office, administrative offices, and the school's library.
· Ben Milam demonstrates 21st century learning with digital classrooms and a fully equipped Information Literacy Center (ILC).
· Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of diverse extracurricular activities.
· A designated Dual Language Academy, which utilize an educational approach that allows native English and native Spanish speaking students to work together and progressively master both English and Spanish by integrating the languages into their curriculum.
· Ben Milam educators strive to find new and innovative ways to teach students.
· The Ben Milam Learning Community is strong with a supportive parental community.