The Panther Pride Pathway at Derby High School was rededicated in a ceremony on September 21.
The Derby Education Foundation hosted the ceremony to mark the relocation of the trail, which sits at the entrance to the school and features granite bricks with the names of community members on it.
Established in 2015, the course aims to celebrate education, community spirit and recognize students, staff and achievements in sports, the arts and more.
Two members of the Derby High School community spoke at the ceremony, providing testimonials about the positive impact DEF has had on their time at Derby schools: Kathleen O’Brien, Derby graduate and science teacher, and Rebeka Walsh, student representative on the DEF board of directors.
âThe Derby Education Foundation has helped my program immensely,â said O’Brien. âWhen we started the biomed program 10 years ago, there were only two classes and around 150 children. “
âWe are now at four levels, ninth through twelfth, and we have over 300 children in the program each year. “
The evening featured a flag ceremony and saber salute by the JROTC to recognize the DEF’s first veteran finisher, who was installed for Joe Herndon.
The DHS Madrigals performed three songs throughout the ceremony, including the national anthem and “Deep in the Night”. The children of Stone Creek Elementary also performed a melody on ukuleles purchased with a grant from DEF.
To close the evening, DEF surprised two of the organizations involved in the ceremony with checks for $ 1,000: DHS JROTC and DHS Madrigals.
Community members can purchase a finisher in their name for $ 100, half of which goes to DEF grant programs, including scholarships. Veterans can buy one for $ 75. Community members do not have to be Derby School Alumni to purchase a finisher.