22 Aug 2014
62° Overcast
Patch Instagram photo by legallyblonde27
Patch Instagram photo by legallyblonde27
Patch Instagram photo by ermyceap
Patch Instagram photo by taratesimu
Patch Instagram photo by taratesimu
Patch Instagram photo by lilyava299
Patch Instagram photo by _mollfairhurst
Patch Instagram photo by thecontemporaryhannah
Patch Instagram photo by lucyketch

Petition Created to Name New Middle School After Charles Jones

Former Obama speechwriter and North Reading High graduate Jon Favreau wants the town to consider naming the new school after Charles Jones, who served more than three decades as a teacher and middle school vice principal.

Petition Created to Name New Middle School After Charles Jones

North Reading will soon have a new middle school – and there are many in town who think the town should honor a long-time educator by naming the school after him.

Former Obama speechwriter and North Reading High graduate Jon Favreau wrote a letter to the North Reading Transcript last week asking that the town consider naming the new school after Charles Jones, who served more than three decades as a teacher and middle school vice principal.

Favreau also created a petition on  change.org that has been signed by 386 supporters.

“To this day, I don’t remember my eighth grade history textbook, or for that matter, any of my history textbooks. But I still remember Mr. Jones’ class. I remember choosing a newspaper article for discussion every morning, because that’s how I first became interested in world events. I remember learning every amendment to the Constitution, because that’s how I first became interested in government. I remember memorizing every word of the Gettysburg Address, because that’s how I first became interested in speechwriting. I still have the notes from the first mock trial I ever prosecuted, and the video of a news show my friends and I produced about Civil War battles. And like hundreds of other North Reading students and parents, I still remember our eighth grade summer trip as if it was yesterday,” wrote Favreau.

“No matter how many people I tell about the summer trip, the reaction is always the same: Are you serious? You had a teacher who lugged a bunch of eighth graders on a cross-country camping trip during his summer vacation, for no extra pay? And he did it for twenty-seven years?”

You can read the full letter and sign the petition here.

Share This Article