Bench dedicated, bell rung in honor of secretary and friend

It is a tradition at Lincoln Elementary school for graduating fifth-grade students and retiring teachers to ring the Lincoln bell — an artifact from the original school site — on the last day of school each year to commemorate their passage to life’s next stage.

On Friday afternoon, however, the Lincoln bell resounded for an individual whose legacy lives on in the attitudes and memories of the school’s staff and students.

Doris Fry, head secretary at the school for 13 years, was remembered at a ceremony that included the dedication of a reading bench and reading of memorial essays in her honor.
Fry died last fall after a long battle with a lung disease.

“She was a woman who loved the kids of Lincoln. She didn’t have to tell them that they were important to her, she just showed them,” said Trisha Rundell, a fourth-grade teacher at Lincoln and Fry’s longtime friend.

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