BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star
Ovations. Laughter. Tears. Memories.
Hundreds of emotions floated throughout East Side Elementary Friday morning as Elizabethton City Schools System hosted Dr. Josh Wandell, his family and community members for the official dedication of the Wandell Early Learning Center located at the school.
Packed inside the East Side gymnasium, the public was treated to various stories of Dr. Wandell’s triumphs, whether it be in the classroom or his current mission of fighting through ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). During the hour-long presentation, students proudly donned custom made signs showing their support for their all-time favorite East Side Pirate.
“We’re thankful to have everyone here today,” Elizabethton Director of Schools Dr. Corey Gardenhour said. “He’s such an important part of Elizabethton City Schools, he means a lot to the East Side community and most of all, he cared for the children.”