IN MEMORY OF PATRICIA YORK
The Cleveland Hill Education Foundation (CHEF) presented the
with 6 Enrichment Sources purchased Cleveland Hill Elementary School
in memory of Patricia York. Mrs.York was an enrichment and fifth grade
teacher prior to her retirement in 2004, as well as an author. Her passion
for education and the students of Cleveland Hill, inspired her family to
designate memorial donations to CHEF.
After Mrs.York’s death in 2005, many of her friends and colleagues
chose to honor her memory by donating to CHEF. A generous donation
was also made by her family. Colleen Proehl, CHEF President, sought
input from the staff as to how the donated funds could be put to best
use.Teachers Nancy Bogner, Christine DeMan, Doug Lamb, Shawn
Sheehan, and Barb Weber formed a committee to explore the various
options. Remembering Mrs.York’s commitment to and enthusiasm for
providing enrichment opportunities for students, her peers decided to
create six enrichment resource centers. Each grade level, from
kindergarten to fifth grade, has its own cabinet filled with materials
chosen by the grade level.Teachers came up with wish lists for hands on
materials to enrich their curriculum. A wide variety of materials were
purchased, ranging from an erupting volcano model, a telescope,
electronic circuit kits, and field compasses. DVDs and books were
purchased for the library as well, including a science fiction book
coauthored by Mrs.York.
It is a lasting legacy of learning that will impact students
of Cleveland Hill for many years to come.
Mrs. York was a member of the CHEF board.