SAM’S HEART, SPRING OF 2023
United Colours Education was created in the wake of a pandemic where children were left behind because of being under-represented, under-resourced, and left waning in their education. As the owner of United Colours Learning Institute, we tutored children whose parents were able to afford it. It began as a thought to help children who weren’t provided the needed support could be if enough people worked together.
United Colours started helping children and now are part of a network of teachers, administrators, parents, and students who have banded together to change the dynamics of education forever. This is our educational structure to do this:
UCEC Motto: UCEC is where children come first.
UCEC Mission: To provide educational equity that allows every child to receive what he or she needs to develop their full academic and social potential.
UCEC Vision: Education is the key to unlocking a child’s greatest potential.
At UCEC, we create a safe space for children to learn at their own pace. Providing innovative education and advocacy for children to learn, work, and explore is the fiber of our brand. Our educational and behavioral services are free to the families they serve. We have had a great year providing free tutoring services to over 100 children from the marginalized community and look forward to continuing with this service. UCEC works on donations from the communities and
Sam’s Heart is Born
Our services will also include a residential treatment home for Child Protective Service (CPS) wards, abused and neglected children who will be empowered to grow up to be happy, confident, productive, caring, and critical thinking adults. UCEC is an advocate for tomorrow’s future.
UCEC intends to provide as a residential treatment home for Child Protective Service wards. The home will be called “Sam’s Heart” named after the founder and Executive Director’s grandmother Savantha “Sam” McCary. Sam’s Heart has purchased its property and is set to be operational by Spring 2023. Knowing that there is 378% increase of children currently without placement in Texas (Houston Chronicle, December 13, 2021), we have learned that not only is the “Foster Care Crisis “Out of Control’ in Texas.” We’ve learned that both children and staff are in danger.
Children deserve to be safe and protected. UCEC’s goal is to serve those most adversely affected by the system, not as foster care, but a treatment home offering nurturing guidance that will put them on the path for a successful future.
Savantha Walthall was born on January 24, 1927 in East Texas to Elaine and Edwin Walthall, one of 7 siblings. Third from the youngest, Savantha had a thirst for knowledge early on and was the first to finish high school at the age 19. Because winters could be harsh, there were parts of the year that she could not attend school. She prevailed and upon finishing school, she went to work alongside her mother (Miss Elaine) who worked as midwife and child care for Dr. Perry Priest. Dr. Priest after witnessing her skills and attention to detail, gave her an opportunity that would have been impossible in her circumstances. Dr. Priest, a white man, believed in her and sent her nursing school for “coloreds” where he paid her tuition and a stipend. His reason. He believed that by giving her the gift of education, she would be able to take care of her mother, someone Dr. Priest admired and respected.
Sam's Family and history
Savantha 3rd from the left
Savantha would go on to become a registered nurse, serving as nurse on college campuses, and working in hospitals for more than 45 years. During that time, she married professor Henry McCary, and they had 5 children. During the course of her life, she helped others to live up to their potential, supporting those who wanted an education. Today, UCEC’s founder Eryon McCary, her beloved granddaughter, honors the legacy of her grandmother by offering hope and education to others.