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Sister, educator honored


To the Editor,

On Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, my sister, Sharon Lorayne (Blower) Billiau, passed on.

It struck me after her passing, that more needs to be said of this woman who has helped so many children in the area.

Many will remember that she was a teacher at Dryden Elementary for many years. Then she became principal for many more years. During that time she instituted programs that made learning at Dryden not only possible, but a pleasure. There have been hundreds of kids who benefitted from her forward-looking ideas. They and many of their parents will remember her with fondness.

When she retired, she felt it necessary to open a private school for kids of all ages who had some difficulty in school. All of the local schools sent kids who were having trouble to her and her successes were amazing. She accepted children of all ages in a one-room schoolhouse, much like we were told about in the old days. The older ones helped the younger and sometimes it was the younger who helped the older.

She was a very special woman, seemingly never realizing the miracles she performed each and every day of her life as an educator. Perhaps that was the secret of her success.

She contracted a fatal illness some years ago which finally caused the closing of her school, and Saturday, the closing of all her school books.

People like her are not soon forgotten and hopefully will be often imitated.

Tom Blower, Berlin Twp.
February 18, 2009

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