Bench honors teacher’s memory
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Jun 23, 2013 | 541 views | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Martha “Marty” Wood
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Earlier this year teachers at Black Fox Elementary School lost one of their favorite former colleagues, Martha “Marty” Wood, a legendary teacher and resident in the Black Fox Community.

When Wood died, her family requested that memorials be made in her honor to the Bradley Cleveland Public Education Foundation, and be designated for a project at Black Fox Elementary because that is where she taught.

“We received many gifts and ultimately discussed with [Black Fox Principal] Kim Fisher what would best serve the school and honor Marty's memory at that facility. They decided on a bench, which could be placed on the grounds, and an Art Cart, which would serve all students at the school,” said Lynn Voelz, executive director.

“Her influence and spirit are alive and well in the hearts of her colleagues and former students,” Fisher said of Wood.

The Martha H. Wood Memorial Bench is now installed and facing the Black Fox fourth- and fifth-grade playground.

The bench fills the need for a place for the teachers and community members to sit while watching students play.

Tribute giving is just one of the ways the Foundation receives funding to help local schools.

“We thoroughly appreciate families recommending BCPEF and we use the memorials to support mainly academic projects and can honor specific family requests for specific schools,” Voelz said.

Information about tribute giving and other ways of donating to local education can be found at