Jackie Scarbrough is and has been a light to the world. As a first grade teacher, she treated each student with respect and modeled fairness to her students and other teachers alike. The twinkle in her eye drew children like a magnet and showed her love. Her character spoke volumes and backed her words. She knew without a doubt what was important: her faith, family, friends and students. This soft spoken woman could bring a noisy classroom to whisper silence with a look and raised pointed finger. Although unassuming, she could make big dreams come true like the time she teamed up with co-teacher Joan Partain to collect one million pennies for a playground. The drive spanned two school years, but the day they celebrated the accomplishment, all 3 local television stations were on hand. Best friend to many, and ultimate teacher, she pursued teaching as not just a job but a passion. She even used the hallways for playful instruction. One day she had her students use their bodies on hallway tiles to construct a bar graph of their favorite colored Skittles or fruits. She loved to teach reading but Bible was her absolute favorite subject. The afternoon of her passing, she had taught her Sunday Morning Bible class about heaven, enjoyed lunch with her family, and laid down for a nap. As the story goes..she awoke in heaven but her light shines on through our school and the many friends and students she left behind.
Wow. I never met Jackie but Diane's tribute makes me sad I missed that great blessing. I tell my students that monuments and arenas are named for those who typically fall into one of two categories; the rich who gave a significant and generous donation or someone who has passed away who made a difference. Jackie Scarborough built a fortress in the latter definition. Every family and business and team and church needs the bright lights that emanate from the Jackie Scarboroughs of the world. She left a torch that still burns brightly here even though few are left who knew her personally. Beacons like her are not extinguished easily....... and light overcomes darkness, even at at 4:30 AM.
Applicable quote of the day:
Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
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