Question of the Day: Should Mr. S Get A Plaque Or Have The New Wellington Gym Named For Him?
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Richard Samaria came to the Belmont Public Schools with a degree from Northeastern University 44 years ago to teach physical education to elementary school students and never left.
For generation after generation, Mr. S was a constant for children who attended the old Wellington Elementary School, learning about cooperation, good exercise habits and the joy of a teacher who loved them. Children not only learned to participate in sports – more than one High School or College all-star remembers beginning their love affair with athletics under Samaria's tutelage – but also were entertained attending a Mr. S Party.
While it would appear that honoring such a force of nature as Mr. S by naming the new gym at the Wellington Elementary School would be a slam dunk, some are questioning whether this distinction could begin a slippery slope, that other, just as dedicated teachers, principals or administrators, should have something named after them. When will it end, some questioned.
Should the School Committee name a gym after or hang a plaque in honor of Mr. S?