On Thursday, March 21st, Frederick Douglass Elementary School staff, students, and community members celebrated the dedication of the school's library to Shelby Comstock, a former FDES teacher who worked at the school from 1975 to 2001. The FDES Library was newly named the Shelby Comstock Library in her honor.
As part of the library dedication ceremony, the Winchester Education Foundation and Winchester Public Schools announced the donation of $100,000 from Beth Comstock, Shelby's daughter. The donation will be used for The Comstock Family Imagine It ForwardMakerspace Initiative, which will help develop makerspaces in schools throughout the division. A makerspace is learning area where learners gather to discover, explore, build, create, problem solve, and more.
During her speech, Beth Comstock stressed the importance of funding teacher programs, thanking teachers, creative problem solving, "transforming libraries into laboratories," and ensuring that students and teachers help make the future together. Her book, Imagine It Forward also focuses on the importance of creativity and change.
Representatives from the Winchester Education Foundation, the Comstock family, Winchester City School Board, Winchester City Government officials, including Mayor John David Smith, Jr., and former colleagues of Shelby Comstock were in attendance for the dedication ceremony.