Library at ALES Dedicated to Thurman
On the first anniversary of former principal Amber Thurman’s death, the staff and students at Abraham Lincoln Elementary renamed their school library in her memory. The dedication of the Thurman Library was a fitting tribute according to school counselor Tina Southwood who noted that Thurman wanted the library, from the very early stages of planning the new school, to be the hub of the learning. An avid reader and advocate of childhood reading, Thurman often read to the entire student body as well as her staff.
Thurman’s extended family and several friends attended the ceremony held in the ALES gym. A poem written by Sue Williamson entitled “Never To Be Forgotten” was read by Penny Cecil and Jim Weiland, Thurman’s step-dad, and her daughter, Sarah Thurman, spoke on behalf of the family. “Pappy,” as the staff affectionately calls Weiland, told the students of his daughter’s love of reading and attachment to the ALES students. Sarah echoed Weiland’s thoughts and shared several stories of how much her mother loved being their principal. The event ended with the students and staff singing “I Am A HAWK”, a song written by Penny Akers, ALES music teacher.
An etched portrait of Thurman, donated by Quarry Hill Monuments, was placed inside the library as a memorial.