The Marks We Make - Mr James Frye

MR JAMES FRYE, a veteran and longtime educator, has 'Made a Mark', not just in his dedication to education and the Chesapeake community, but to everyone who has ever known him. 

Mr. Frye followed a family tradition into education, and was the Principal at various schools in our district for some 30+ years, predominantly at Indian River High School. A family man, who lost his wife, Arlene, shortly after he retired, he founded the Arlene and James Frye Educational Scholarship Foundation, which provides a scholarship to a deserving student from each school in the city.

He truly believes that "educators should make things better for others", and that students "will rise to what you put in front of them". Often heard saying "Frye-way or the Highway", he taught that following his way would lead you to the right path for life.

The impression of his 'actual' hand on this clay vessel is symbolic of the 'Mark he Made' on the lives of so many.

This is the first in a collection created by ceramicist, Michael Middleton, who first met Mr. Frye while working at Indian River High School. Inspired by his compassion, leadership, and understanding Michael states; "It is an amazing opportunity to be able to use my art, to honor this legendary man. His mark on so many has been immeasurable and it is important to continue his legacy onto future generations."

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