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Memorial in works for former teacher at Chum Nursery School in Norwin

| Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Judy Watters

The teachers and families of Chum Nursery School hope to establish a memorial for Judy Watters, a former teacher at the school.

They hope to install a bench and tree outside of Norwin Christian Church, which houses the school, in memory of Watters, 62, who died suddenly Dec. 26.

She worked at the school for 34 years, said Kim Brough, a teacher at Chum Nursery School.

“Judy is the one who got the school licensed through the state Department of Education, developed our curriculum and set it up as a nonprofit organization,” Brough said.

“She was just an awesome teacher and a really caring person.”

Esther Corbett, who worked with Watters for 27 years, said it's not uncommon for parents, grandparents and even former students, to approach her about how their time at Chum Nursery School influenced their lives.

“To this day, there are so many who told me their children got a great beginning because of Judy, and their time with her,” Corbett said.

“She had a wonderful way with children — it was really her calling.”

Corbett said the proposed memorial is a fitting tribute to Watters, because the tree and bench will serve as a lasting reminder of her impact on the school and its students.

“Her main goal was to see the children get a good education,” Corbett said.

In addition to the tree and bench, Brough said she hopes to collect enough money to give out a memorial scholarship in Watters' name.

Watters' son, Jeff Watters, said his family is excited and impressed by the nursery school's efforts to remember his mother.

“I know she touched a lot of lives, and took pride in what she did,” he said.

“It would be real special to her if she knew they were doing something like this.

“It's amazing to know people think so highly of her and what she did.”

Donations can be made to the Judy Watters Memorial Fund at S&T Bank, or by mailing a check, made out to the Judy Watters Memorial Fund, to Chum Nursery School, 9610 Barnes Lake Road, North Huntingdon, PA 15642.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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