This holiday season, Oak Ridge’s assisted living facilities and nursing homes received a special gift to help residents remember the history of Oak Ridge schools, a press release said. Materials and Chemistry Laboratory Inc. (MCLinc) provided the facilities with collector’s edition copies of the book “Celebrating 75 Years of Excellence in the Oak Ridge Schools 1944-2018,” which includes the history of the Oak Ridge school system, photographs, and memories from 1944 through the present.
The book was developed by the Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation, and it includes anchor authors from each of the 75 classes who shared their memories and helped collect those of their classmates.
MCLinc donated more than 20 books to six facilities in Oak Ridge, including Brookdale, Canterfield, Alexander Guest House, Greenfield, The Courtyards, and NHC, the press release said.
“Each year MCLinc looks for ways that we can give back to the community where we live and work, and what better way to support our schools and provide cherished memories to residents than to make these books available,” said Barry Stephenson, president and chief executive officer of MCLinc.
Each book is an eight-by-10-inch format including 308 pages with approximately 40 images. The book contains three major sections: a brief history of the Oak Ridge Schools, student stories from each of the 75 classes (1944-2018), and “Teachers Get the Last Word,” a collection of stories from 55 educators.
The books are available for purchase from the Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation, which invests in the Oak Ridge Public Schools beyond what public tax dollars can provide to ensure the highest quality of education for students, the press release said. The Foundation raises funds through grants and private donations and then invests in enhanced educational programming, innovative technology, and state of the art facilities for teachers and students.
Collector’s edition books, which are hardback, are $75 plus sales tax; a paperback version is also available for $25 plus sales tax.
For more information or to purchase a book, visit http://www.orpsef.org/purchaseBook or call (865) 241-3667. In Oak Ridge, books are available for purchase at the Ferrell Shop, Jefferson Drugs, the gift shop at the American Museum of Science and Energy, and the gift shop at Methodist Medical Center.
This press release was submitted by Jessica Steed.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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