Union County man donates $50,000 to school in honor of late wife

Union County man donates $50,000 to school in honor of late wife

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The $50,000 donation will be used to build a new media center at the school. The $50,000 donation will be used to build a new media center at the school.

MAYNARDVILLE (WATE) - A Union County school got a major boost Monday thanks to a donation in memory of a local woman.

Horace Maynard Middle School in Maynardville received a $50,000 donation in honor of Shirley Collins - a former student who attended classes in the building when it still housed the high school.

Freddie Brasfield said the money is to honor Shirley, the love of his life, and create a living memorial to her.

"This is a perpetual program. The Shirley Lynn Collins Media Center is perpetual. We do not ever see it ending, and we will do whatever it takes to keep it at the top of its game," said Brasfield.

The school's library will be converted into a state-of-the-art media center with the funds, including upgraded computers and iPads.

Brasfield says Shirley dedicated her life to helping children achieve their goals.

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