The Linden Street School Library Information Center proudly displays eight lithographs from the Eric Carle Museum depicting the work of Eric Carle, Tony DiTerlizzi, Hardie Gramatky and Say Allen, while the Linden courtyard features a metal garden sculpture, thanks to generous donations made in memory of longtime Plainville residents Joan K. Deegan and Lawrence E. Noble, Sr.
Deegan, a supporter of the Plainville school district and community, passed away in 2002. Over her lifetime, she served in a number of civic capacities including member of the Plainville Board of Education from 1963 to 1983, serving as Secretary and later as Chair. She was also past President of the Plainville Chamber of Commerce and was active in many other local organizations including the Plainville Association for Retarded Citizens, the Plainville Rotary Club, and the Linden Street School PTO. Three of Deegan's four children and two grandchildren attended Linden. To honor her love of education and Linden Street School, memorial donations in Deegan's name were earmarked for the library artwork donation. "The Deegan family would like to express our appreciation for this recognition of Joan's lifelong service to Plainville and more specifically the Board of Education. She would go out of her way to anonymously help people, but we trust this memorial has brought a smile to her face," said Kirby Deegan on behalf of the Deegan family.
Lawrence Noble, also a supporter of education and literacy, passed away in 2003. He lived in Plainville and was the owner and operator of Larry's Barber Shop. Noble's two daughters, son, grandchildren, and great grandchildren all attended Linden. His granddaughter, Sheri Boudewyns, is currently the Office Professional in the Linden school office. Memorial donations in Noble's name were also directed to support and beautify Linden. As a result, the Linden courtyard is home to a sculpture depicting children reading. "Larry's Barber Shop was a social setting to many in the Plainville community. My grandfather's life was honored by the contributions of many family and friends. The statue of the children reading in the Linden courtyard, another social setting, will give pleasure to students, teachers and visitors to Linden for years to come," said Boudewyns.
"We are so honored to have these beautiful works of art grace our new building. It is fortunate that these fine families have shown their passion for education and in particular, the Linden community and its valued legacy," said Linden Street School Principal Suzanne Greenbacker.
-Posted on March 24, 2009 at 11:25 AM
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