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Wanda Lockridge's Statement on Lockridge Community Center

Wanda Lockridge | 2/22/2013, 6:57 p.m.

Wanda Lockridge's Statement on Lockridge Community Center

On January 12, 2011, my husband, William Lockridge, passed after a sudden and brief illness. In the months following his death and after numerous discussions with family and friends, we decided to form the William O. Lockridge Community Foundation.

Two years later, I am proud to report to the community that William [would have appreciated] the tremendous progress that the Foundation is making to keep his dream of an affordable education for deserving students in Wards 7 and 8 alive. This has been accomplished through a variety of initiatives, most notably with the annual "Dancing with the Scholars" fundraiser. As a direct result of this [endeavor] the Foundation has provided scholarship awards to 12 students.

William has been afforded numerous honors since he passed.

They have included the opening of the William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library and the renaming of the 400 block of Valley Ave. in Southeast as William O. Lockridge. Way. The Lockridge Field, located at Mississippi Avenue and Wheeler Road in Southeast, and the auditorium at Simon Elementary School were also renamed.

However, as appreciative as I am for these honors -- and those who knew William know, he did not look for nor expect such recognition.

Rather he was driven by a desire to improve the plight of the less fortunate, especially our children. That is why, for example, the Foundation is partnering with a local organization to increase affordable health care access to public school students.

It is for this reason that this spring, the Foundation expects to travel with six students to Cameroon, West Africa, so they may experience the culture of that country.

I appreciate your continued support. For more information on additional Foundation initiatives, please visit our website at: www.WlliamLockridgeCommunityFoundation.org.

Wanda D. Lockridge is the founder and chairwoman of the William O. Lockridge Community Center.