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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.

Charles Jones. Photo credit: Change.org.
Charles Jones. Photo credit: Change.org.

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.

Ramona June 30, 2014 at 06:10 PM
Name the School "Skinner" not technically a name but thats his nickname
Joe Veno June 30, 2014 at 08:52 PM
All I know is Boards and committees can suspend policy If they wish to. The Board of Selectmen use to do it very often.
Winn July 01, 2014 at 08:28 AM
I personally believe that the secondary schools in NR should have "North Reading" in their names. Although it may be important to Jon Favreau to honor Mr. Jones, there have been so many great teachers/coaches over the years that affected so many students other than those who were "into" history. Why single out just one? I believe if you asked some of the thousands of alum who their favorite teacher was or which one most affected their life, you'd get lots of different responses. Sorry to be so blunt, but I wouldn't bet my paycheck on Mr. Jones being one of the front runners. I had him for a teacher in the 60s, and quite frankly he didn't leave any lasting impression on me. Unless a school is named after a national figure as in many towns (such as JFK, MLK Jr., Thomas Jefferson, etc.), students now and henceforth will not have the slightest idea who Charles Jones was. If they ask they're parents who he was, I would bet that most of them won't be able to answer that question either.
E July 01, 2014 at 02:51 PM
How about George Frederick Root Memorial Middle School? Does anyone on patch know who he is? Maybe some middle schooler might look this up on summer vacation. We might even ask Jon Favreau. Hint...Civil War Composer.

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