Patti Welder Middle School inducts 11 into Hall of Fame (Video)
Dec. 13, 2011 at 6:13 a.m.
Updated Dec. 14, 2011 at 6:14 a.m.
The Patti Welder Middle School cafeteria was decked out in black and red pride Tuesday night, as the school welcomed 11 people into its Hall of Fame.
The school's PTO put together the event that honors current and past teachers, administrators and students who have come through Patti Welder's hallways.
"Our main purpose is to acknowledge what Patti Welder has to offer for their kids," said PTO president Rudy Rivera. "We need the community involvement that way Patti Welder can excel as one, as a unit."
The second annual event was hosted by last year's first inductee, Gary Moses.
Moses, a former teacher at Patti Welder, said it was an honor to be included with a group of people who have shown such commitment to kids.
After all, he was a kid once, who was helped along by one of this year's inductees.
Moses' former teacher, Barbara Sutter is now a counselor, working her 60th year at Patti Welder.
"I'm sure Patti Welder can survive without me, but I'm not sure I can survive without Patti Welder," she said. "I've spent my life here. I love it. It's home."
Parents, students and teachers in the audience waved homemade Patti Welder flags and cheered for each of the people chosen to represent Patti Welder's long history.
Sutter reflected on the challenges and accomplishments she's seen and settled on summing it up by saying, "It's been a great trip."
"Getting rewards are good," she said, holding the plaque she received that evening. "But the greatest reward to me is to see the success of the kids I've worked with."
Several of those students were at Tuesday night's ceremony, applauding those who'd walked the halls before them.
Rivera directed the last word to the kids.
"Look at these people here," he said, pointing to the front of the room. "They were our future, and they've handed down the torch to you. Now it's up to you to be Hall of Famers."