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Creating a Beautiful Space for a Beautiful Person

Turn of River continues working on "Carol's Courtyard"

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Stamford, CT | Added on January 24, 2014 At 05:26 PM

To many at Turn of River Middle School, Carol Pavia was like family.

"We remember, we do.  And we loved her, as a school; as like a family," said Jack Polo.

"She was like a mother, or a grandmother," said Dawn Greco, who's been teaching at Turn of River for 19 years.  She was very close with Carol Pavia.  

Pavia worked in the school's office for over 30 years.  But she did more than that.

"If I ever had anything to ask her and ten other people did have something to ask her, she would never say, 'could you come back later, I'm really busy right now, I need to answer the phone.'"

"She would take care of each and every one of our needs.  We would always be considerate to each other, but she was the most considerate of all," said Frances Uva, who's been teaching math for 22 years and was also very close with Carol Pavia.  

Last year, Pavia tragically died from a car accident -- shocking and saddening the school community.

"When the death was sudden," said Uva, "There are a lot of knee jerk reactions, if you will -- what should we do, how do we do this?"

"It was very tragic when she died because she was such a big part of our family," said Arden Lesoravage, an 8th grader.  

Now the school is remembering Pavia in a special way.  They're raising money for picnic tables and benches to put in the school's courtyard in her memory.  

"I think this is just a wonderful dedication to her and to her spirit here at Turn of River," said Uva.

Last spring, volunteers worked to clear the courtyard of overgrown bushes, and planted beautiful bulbs.  

"On those Saturdays, we'd have up to 20, 30 people -- students, parents, staff members come and help out," said Brendan Fox, principal.

Making the space beautiful, in honor of a beautiful person.

"She was a beautiful person.  Always very nice, very kind," said Polo. 

"I still picture her in that floral dress sitting at that desk," said Greco, "And I will always have that beautiful image in my mind of her."

Turn of River will hold a pancake breakfast fundraiser this Saturday for the courtyard, from 8 to 11 am.

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