August 6, 2010 by staff
John Curtis, OXFORD – Between education and training, John Curtis gave all the Oxford School District for over 30 years. Now, four years after his retirement, a former student is leading the effort to recognize their contributions to school and the community by restoring the scoreboard at the stadium in Blackhawk, and dedicate in his honor.
Sarah Johnson, a 2001 graduate of Oxford Academy, said his former coach and teacher deserves recognition.
“This dedication is very important because of how Mr. Curtis was dedicated to students, student athletes, the community of Oxford and its members,” said Johnson, who had Curtis as a teacher and coach during his career at Oxford. He also worked as a lifeguard at the pool of Oxford, where he was the director.
“Mr. Curtis has always had his students and athletes’ best interests at heart,” he said. And now she feels it is time for those whose lives he has touched to return.
Johnson, who teaches at Schenectedy City School District, does not live in the area. But she still has close ties to the community of Oxford to his parents, Bill and Diane Troxell, still call home. She’s used these connections to raise the 3,000 needed for the renovation and dedication of the scoreboard.
The refurbishment will be carried out by a company that specializes in Rochester this work, and is the same company from which the district bought the board for nearly three decades.
To raise the necessary funds, Johnson is seeking donations from the community, all of which shall be deposited into a designated account at NBT Bank branch Oxford named John Curtis Marker Dedication fund.
“We have received generous donations from Blueox Corporation, the Lions Club of Oxford, Oxford NBT and many members of the community,” said, explaining that already halfway to reaching your goal and 3000.
This weekend, she and others who are accompanying their efforts will host a chicken barbecue and bake sale this Saturday at the American Legion in Oxford, which they hope will help raise the remaining money needed for project.
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