Four to be enshrined in RHS Wall of Honor Oct. 7

By Russ Green/Richmond News


Two long-time faculty members and two long-time alumni and volunteers highlight the second class for the Richmond Education Foundation’s Wall of Honor. Faculty members Tom Adams and Janice Driver, along with the late Jeff “Puff” Adams and the late Dan Menke, will be inducted during Homecoming festivities Oct. 7.

The Wall of Honor award recognizes individuals who uphold the values, traditions and successes of the Richmond R-XVI School District. Honorees are nominated by individuals and considered by a selection committee appointed by the Richmond Education Foundation.

The 2011 Wall of Honor inductees:

Janice Driver was nominated by Brenda Cohron, Mary Fowler, Bill George and Bradley Richey. Miss Driver spent 48 years in education and taught grades 1 through 4 in the Richmond R-IX District just before it consolidated to become the R-XVI District. She taught her first class in the “new” Dear building in 1966-67.

“Janice was always one of the first teachers to arrive each morning,” George said.

Learning centers, hands-on activities and books with tapes were her favorites, and students taught each other by working in units. It was known that if students didn’t behave, the threat of using “Mr. Ouch” (a retired paddle) loomed over them – though it was seldom used.

“Miss Driver has always been an example of what a truly dedicated leader in our school district should be,” Richey said.

In addition, Miss Driver’s class enjoyed adopting a second-grade exchange class in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She would personally visit the exchange class each year to deliver much-needed supplies to the class, and visiting Shirkey’s Nursing home was another service project by her class.

Jeff “Puff” Adams (1957-2009) was nominated by Terry Padgett, president of the Richmond All-Sports Club. “Puff” served as past president and lifetime member of the All-Sports Club. He enjoyed grilling with club members at various schools in the district to encourage students to do their best on the MAP test.

See complete story in the Sept. 26 Richmond News.

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