The Cornerstone Community Learning Center is a non-profit, after-school program that serves students in the Beaufort County Schools District, Washington, NC. Cornerstone specializes in academic and enrichment classes as well as various activities for elementary and middle school youth in grades 4 through 8.


Cornerstone Community Learning Center 

Serves an average of 180 students from three feeder schools within the Beaufort County Schools District which includes John Small Elementary, Chocowinity Middle School and PS Jones Middle School. Students receive daily tutoring in math and reading and receive assistance with homework completion. Students also attend enrichment classes in art, music, drama, cooking, PE, nutrition, STEM and STEAM as well as other areas of interest and attend educational field trips around Eastern NC. Family enrichment and involvement is a critical component of the Cornerstone Program. Parents have the opportunity to attend classes of interest to them and their children.


Hi! I am Alida Sawyer and I have worked in the Beaufort County School System for 32 years as an Exceptional Needs educator. I began my career at Chocowinity High School working with Learning Disabled students in grades 4-12. I then transferred to John Cotten Tayloe Elementary School in Washington and taught learning disabled, educable mentally disabled and emotionally/behaviorally disabled students for 24 years. I retired in 2011 but my love for children and varied experiences in the profession have brought me out of retirement! In the process, I have directed several grants through the Beaufort County School System as well as the Cornerstone Family Worship Center.

On a personal note, I grew up in Wilmington, NC but moved to Greenville when I enrolled at East Carolina University. I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities from East Carolina. I have been married to my wonderful husband Terry, for 37 years and have three grown sons and three grandchildren. Some of my hobbies include swimming, walking and gardening,. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about the Cornerstone Afterschool Program and I look forward to the wonderful things that can be achieved when we work together!


Thank you,

Mrs. Alida Sawyer


I am a resident of Belhaven,NC in which I have lived the majority of my life. I have a Bachelors of Social Work from Barton College and several Associates Degrees from Beaufort County Community College which includes Business Administration, Office Administration and Criminal Justice. I have worked with several different organizations in the community like 21st Century Cornerstone Community Learning Center as the Parent Coordinator; Cornerstone Nurturing Program as a facilitator for the teens; and Beaufort County Community College as the Direct of the Minority Male Mentoring Program. I have also collaborated with several different organizations like The Boys and Girls Club, Belhaven Unit served on Executive Board and several clubs at Beaufort County Community College Vice President of Student Government Association and President and Director of Men of Success.

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