Maureen E. Schwerdtfeger Gaido is known for helping to promote the island’s oleander, she was the creator of Galveston’s National Oleander Society.

Her commitment to conservation and preservation of island nature is well documented.

But Gaido had another philanthropic love — education.

Recently, Gaido’s children — Mickey, Wayne, Paulie and Lynette — put together the Maureen E. “Kewpie” Schwerdtfeger Gaido Educational Resources Library Fund, a performance-based support system for students at Galveston College.

In late 2015, the fund received its first pledged disbursement toward a $50,000 family commitment, according to a news release.

— Staff Reports

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