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FSSD dedicates playground to revered educator

Demarcus Helm, Jr., Pre-K student, plays on the Brends Hughey Playground at Johnson Elementary

Photos by Kerri Bartlett

The Brenda Hughey Preschool Playground dedication took place today at Johnson Elementary School in Franklin Special School District. FSSD dedicated the playground to Hughey, now retired, because of her service to the district as a teacher and administrator for 34 years. Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden recognized Hughey’s “passion and efficacy for children,” over the years.

“Thank you for all of the positive things that you brought to the district and for advocating for the children of FSSD. You are so deserving of this honor,” Snowden said.

Preschool teacher Heather Soder recognized the need for a new playground at the school and put the wheels in motion with Hughey’s help. Hughey wrote a grant which landed the school $39,500, while FSSD provided $10,000 for a covered top to protect kids at play from the hot sun during the warmer months.

Brenda Hughey / Photo by Kerri Bartlett

“For those for you who know my story, this is such an honor,” said Hughey. The renowned educator grew up poor with little support and in life except for her mother who she said, “always believed in me.”

Hughey now serves as supervisor for student teachers of special education at Vanderbilt University. Hughey previously served as director of special education in FSSD.

Posted on: 4/22/2013


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