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By Fran Baxter-Guigli, Donor Services Officer 

My grandmother’s first job was that of schoolteacher in a country schoolhouse. She did many things after that, including a stint as a Rosie the Riveter at Boeing during World War II. In 1983, at the service honoring her long and storied life, my gramma’s great-nephew Tom told me that he had been one of her students in that country schoolhouse, more than a half-century earlier. He said that as soon as she recognized he was struggling with reading, she worked with him until he became a confident reader. By the time I met him, Tom was retired from a successful career in the Air Force that had taken him all over the world. He credited my grandmother — his second-grade teacher — with changing his life forever.

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