Literacy Councils honors young educator memory


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Contributed photo | Clyde Marsh, Betty Barrett, Mary Williams, Lynn Massey, SCLC Board member, take their turn at placing bows on the tree planted in Justin Baldwin’s honor.


Contributed photo | Justin Baldwin’s mother, Debra Baldwin, left, and Scotland County Literacy Council Advisor Carolyn McNeil, right, prepare to tie mini bowties on the tree.


LAURINBURG – Justin Baldwin, a young educator in Scotland County, was remembered by the Scotland County Literacy Council, Monday, at the Sanford House. He passed away April 11, 2015.

Baldwin was an eighth-rade teacher at Carver Middle School at the time of his unexpected death.

His family and friends attended the celebration to honor his love for literacy. A tree was planted in his memory. Miniature bow ties, Baldwin’s signature fashion accessory, were placed on the branches by friends and family to show love.

According to Jamie Adams, executive director of Scotland County Literacy Council, Baldwin was a faithful volunteer for the Literacy Council before he started his career in teaching.

“In 2013, the SCLC faced financial challenges that threatened closing the doors. Justin stepped in and agreed to keep the doors open for approximately five months that year. He taught the students using his own special brand of instruction. He became part of the family,” she said.

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Contributed photo | Clyde Marsh, Betty Barrett, Mary Williams, Lynn Massey, SCLC Board member, take their turn at placing bows on the tree planted in Justin Baldwin’s honor.
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_jbm09-1.jpgContributed photo | Clyde Marsh, Betty Barrett, Mary Williams, Lynn Massey, SCLC Board member, take their turn at placing bows on the tree planted in Justin Baldwin’s honor.

Contributed photo | Justin Baldwin’s mother, Debra Baldwin, left, and Scotland County Literacy Council Advisor Carolyn McNeil, right, prepare to tie mini bowties on the tree.
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_jbm6-1.jpgContributed photo | Justin Baldwin’s mother, Debra Baldwin, left, and Scotland County Literacy Council Advisor Carolyn McNeil, right, prepare to tie mini bowties on the tree.

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