Theresa Nixon addressed the Meade County School Board at its March meeting in regard to the Jennifer’s Journey Continues Foundation, which she has set up in honor of long-time District employee Jennifer Hager, who lost her battle to cancer 31 months ago.
“She was very appreciative and grateful that she was able to work for the board. She never took for granted that she was given the opportunity to get to work in the school system where she started,” Nixon stated of Hager, who served for 29 years in the school system.
“She ran her classroom with high expectations. Her wish when she realized how the cancer was attacking her was to establish a foundation and set it up so she could keep sharing her appreciation for the county that she loved, she lived in, and she worked with.”
Nixon said this year she was going to deliver one of the 100 checks to come to give back to the things Jennifer loved. The first check went to the MCHS band in the sum of $500. Nixon stated that Hager played the trumpet at MCHS from 1979 until she graduated in 1981 and loved it. Not only did Nixon make the first of the annual gifts to the band in Hager’s honor, but she also announced that a second check would go to anyone graduating from Meade County who pursues an elementary teacher degree once she put together the framework of eligibility, selection and a committee.
“There is nothing I can ever do to repay this community, this school system, for everything that you’ve done,” Nixon said in response to all the support and prayers during Hager’s battle.
“What a good example of how caring continues during our work, during hardship, and even beyond in a legacy kind of way,” said Interim Superintendent Bill Adams.