Community Invited to Celebrate the Renaming of Historic School
Dedication ceremony of Melvin C. Swann Jr. Middle School set for Aug. 19
Greensboro, N.C. – He was her grandfather, but she called him “Daddy.”
Leah Swann held her grandfather’s hands in the final hours of his life. Her mind was flooded with memories of their time together through the years. Melvin C. Swann. Jr. always said that all you have in this world is your legacy, and at the end of his life, he wondered about his own legacy. He wondered if he had made a difference.
“One day, Daddy, they’re going to name a school after you. A school or a building,” Leah Swann assured him.
Swann, who died last year, dedicated more than three decades serving Guilford County students and families as a teacher, principal and administrator. In 1993, he served as the first deputy superintendent of the newly merged Guilford County School system, which united schools in Greensboro and High Point.
His granddaughter’s prophecy came to fruition. Earlier this year, she led efforts to rename the former Charles B. Aycock Middle School in honor her grandfather. A dedication ceremony for the Dr. Melvin C. Swann Jr. Middle School is set for Saturday, Aug. 19.
In addition to the unveiling of the new name, music will be provided by students and community members. A reception will follow the dedication.
“He was the heart and soul of my family,” said Leah Swann. “I’m just glad we got to share him with Guilford County Schools.”
Event details below.
When: 9:30-11 a.m.
Where: Dr. Melvin C. Swann Jr. Middle School, 811 Cypress St., Greensboro
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Transportation to the event will be provided from three Greensboro locations:
- Claremont Homes Community Center & Housing Authority, 2702 Patio Place, (two buses available).
- Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1810 Phillips Ave., (one bus available).
- Margate at Cone Leasing Office, 900 E. Cone Blvd., (one bus available).
Pickup time at each location is at 8:30 a.m.
Buses will depart at noon from Swann Middle back to the pickup locations.
About Guilford County Schools – Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, the 47th largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, and serves more than 73,000 PK-12 students at 126 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students Soar to Greatness. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com.