|Fisher School Reunion #2 (Dec. 2014)|
The 'wonder years' could be described as the days between 1971 - 1981 when a group of talented, highly-motivated, highly engaging, creative and caring teachers collaborated together which inevitably created long-lasting memories.
|Visiting their Grade 6 Classroom|
|Pam was #1 Foul Shooter in Grade 6!|
Songs from former grade 6 plays were sung by teachers and students alike. The words seemed to be recalled seamlessly and effortlessly as this video well shows! (Great job Steve - was that the original coonskin cap?) It was great fun to learn that all the main leads from the Wizard of Oz (not sure which year) were together in the same auditorium again! A couple of the teachers even sang duets with the now 45-55 year olds!
Of course another of the memorable highlights of the evening included the remembrance of former Principal, Richard Eldridge. These teachers credit his leadership and trust for allowing them teach in unique ways. A video created by his son was shown on the big screen. In it were pictures of the beloved Mr. Eldridge (one wearing his signature holiday socks) as well as stories about the love he had for the school and its students. There were many warm "ahs" as folks recognized the different school photos of Mr. Eldridge spanning his career at the school.
|Suzanne Gillam (affectionately known as Miss Hopkins)|
One speaker to note was Sheila Monaghan, wife of our former 6th grade teacher, (Tom Monaghan - who started a Facebook page for Fisher students - read about it here). She described the tremendous love that Tom, Suzanne (Hopkins) Gillam and the other teachers had for their students. She mentioned how even during vacations, these teachers would collaborate to create lessons, plays and other opportunities for the upcoming year or how they would all come together to help a student in need. Sheila said that while "the students' lives were enriched by the teachers, likewise, these teachers' lives were enriched by all of their students."
There is no doubt that all involved have fond memories and strong bonds. We will forever be linked to those 'wonder years' and these wonderful people who made Fisher School a special place to grow up! Thank you to all those teachers that were able to attend and to those who are remembered in our hearts!
A special thanks to Ron Spicer for organizing this year's reunion & to Tom Monaghan for keeping reuniting so many through our Facebook Page and to all those who attended to make it such an amazing event!