Sunday, January 31, 2010

What's in a Brick?

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Summit School is an independent school located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It has operated continuously since its founding in 1933 by Mrs. Louise Futrell. The campus moved once and expanded greatly over time as the school's reputation for quality education became known. The grades run from 4-K through 9. Students then go to other private schools, public schools, or boarding schools to finish their secondary education.

When teachers and staff retire with over 25 years of service, an engraved brick is placed in the platform around the flag pole in front of the school. The top picture shows the brick for my wife's 29-years of teaching math at Summit. She taught 8th grade algebra most years.

She retired at the end of the 2008-2009 school year after a total of 35 years including public schools.

Congratulations Doreen, great job!

So, what's in a brick? Well, when properly positioned and interconnected with other like bricks, it can be a foundation to support something good and lasting. It can also be a symbol of community service in a profession and occupation that helped people and contributed greatly to a family, and it can be an inspiration to others who follow.

Have a good week!


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