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Eric L. Eversley has been tapped to head the Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services in New York state. Mr. Eversley, 52, is the superintendent of the Proviso Township High School District in Maywood, Ill. He succeeds Edward J. Milliken, who is retiring after 12 years with the 152,000-student BOCES. Mr. Eversley will take his new post in July.

The "Green Eggs to Hamlet" fund-raiser last week brought a bit of the glitter and glamour of Hollywood to Washington--all in support of urban education and literacy.

 Eric L. Eversley

The National Education Association's Emergency Commission on Urban Children hosted the benefit, named with a nod to Dr. Seuss and the Bard, to raise money to increase literacy and improve health services for urban youths.

The event included actors Danny Glover and Sheryl Lee Ralph and singers Nancy Wilson and Howard Hewett.

The commission was started three years ago to improve the lives of urban youths by bringing together community activists to build on efforts to improve literacy, raise awareness about the importance of reading, and improve children's health services.

Actress PhyliciaRashad has saved one of South Carolina's most endangered historic sites. Ms. Rashad, who has portrayed the wife of Bill Cosby in two television sitcoms, has done so by purchasing the Brainard Institute in Chester, a former school for freed slaves.

The school, which was in its heyday around the turn of the century, taught former slaves to read and write and provided instruction in trades, such as teaching or furniture making, said Gary Roberts, the director of the Chester County Historical Society Museum.Unable to support itself financially, the school shut down in 1939.

But earlier this year, the 18-acre site was saved at the 11th hour by the actress. Her mother, Vivian Ayers Allen, was a former Chester resident and student at the institute.

When Ms. Rashad made a $150,000 offer to buy the land where Brainard had existed since 1866, it was on the verge of being sold to an architect who wanted to tear the school down and use the land to build houses.

Mr. Roberts said the area will now be made available for recreational and educational use.

--ADRIENNE D. COLES [email protected]

Vol. 17, Issue 37, Page 5

Published in Print: May 27, 1998, as People

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