Mary Kilbride, Bright School’s Centennial chair, joined Fletcher Bright ’43, Honorary Centennial chair, in welcoming former students of the elementary school to a Founder’s Day luncheon on Friday, at the Chattanooga Golf & Country Club. The event honored the Classes of 1913 through 1963, and celebrated the graduates’ induction into the Half-Century Club.
“We are pleased to host this wonderful celebration honoring our distinguished alums during our Centennial year,” said O.J. Morgan, head of school. “The legacy of Bright School and its teachers over the years has been a powerfully beneficial force in Chattanooga and the world. Our alums, obviously, have lived out Miss Bright’s vision for education good people and generous citizens.”
Guests viewed a short film created by Brent Mills ’76, president of Nature Films Network, that contained priceless footage of the school’s early years and were treated to a performance of “The Bright School Song” by a group of fourth graders.
Jack McDonald ’45, was honored with the inaugural Distinguished Service Award, henceforth known as the “Jack McDonald Distinguished Service Award.” In introducing the award, Morgan spoke of McDonald’s outstanding dedication to the school.
“Leaving Scotland in 1940 to escape the impending invasion of Nazi Germany, Jack McDonald found a place of peace at Bright School,” said Mr. Morgan. “Since then he has blessed us in so many ways, serving the school as one of its great friends and leaders.”