To the Editor:
On May 25 of this year, a storm caused a tree to fall on our house after my wife, Sue, and I had taken shelter in the basement.
No one was hurt, fortunately, and we were able to save most of our possessions, but the house was no longer habitable.
I was less than two weeks away from retirement from Clay Community Schools, having taught social studies at North Clay Middle School for the previous 20 years.
Four months later, we are building a new home on our property. Sue and I would like to thank the students and staff at North Clay for the sympathy and support, with special thanks to Steve Page, Charlotte Pharr, the Paladins academic team and the congregation of Ebenezer Church.
Our insurance company, USAA, has taken care of our immediate needs, and is helping us build for the future, providing excellent support and service.
One of my retirement goals was to begin a permanent art collection for North Clay. My teaching materials were made available to the staff, raising almost $100 to add to the $200 contributed by students and staff last May.
This money will be used to purchase student artwork and to prepare the artwork for display.
Details on the selection procedures and the fund management currently are being resolved.
I am proud of my association with Clay Community Schools and look forward to its continued success in providing wonderful opportunities for students to learn, to create and to achieve.