Walter Moses Burton History
Our campus has been serving the community since August 14, 1996. Burton is named after Walter Moses Burton, a remarkable man. Burton was brought to Texas from North Carolina as a slave. While enslaved his master taught him to read and write, skills that eventually served him well. After a very inauspicious beginning, he entered into politics and in 1869 became the first African-American sheriff in Fort Bend County. To commemorate his accomplishment, our school mascot is known as the Burton Sheriff. In 1873 he became a Texas State Senator. In the Senate he championed the education of African Americans. Among the many bills that he helped push through was one that called for the establishment of Prairie View Normal School (now Prairie View A&M University). He died in 1913, but he will forever be remembered at Walter Moses Burton Elementary.
Burton Mission Statement
We are an academic force that partners with parents to guide a community of learners toward reaching their full potential, by being committed to service and setting high expectations for academic excellence.
Burton Sheriff Promise
Today I will do more than I have to do.
I will treat others as I want to be treated.
And I will try to become a better person.