A heartwarming tribute unfolded Saturday at James Whitcomb Riley School 43, a member of Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), as alumni, staff, and students, came together to honor the remarkable contributions of two outstanding teachers.
The event began with the dedication of a science room to honor Manona Martin, the school’s first African-American teacher. She taught at the school from 1955-80, first physical education and then junior high science. Martin passed away in 2011.
Also, a music room was dedicated to Patricia Mack, who taught music at the school for 43 years, retiring in 1994.
“The school’s alumni bestowed a lasting legacy by naming classrooms in honor of these educators who have left an indelible mark on generations of students,” Principal Crishell Sam said “This special occasion not only celebrates their dedication and impact but also underscores the enduring bonds between teachers and the students they inspire.”