Park dedication honors Quincy educators

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The sound of baseball bats cracking filled the air at Jackson Heights Park on Saturday morning, setting the stage for the Quincy community to honor three educators who helped to pave the way to success for all the kids whose paths they crossed.
The ceremony was headed up by Mayor Pro-Tem Angela Sapp and Quincy Parks Director Greg Taylor, who spoke to community members about these educators and how they touched the community.
“Events like this are so important to our community, because we want to preserve our history and to recognize those who have given back to Quincy,” Sapp said about the event.
The first person honored was Ritchie Belle Anderson Jemmott, whose name was placed on the Jackson Heights pool house. A graduate of Stevens High School, she came back to Quincy after graduation and taught for many years at Stevens Elementary School. Members of the community remember her most fondly as the “Pool Lady.” She worked at
the pool house, running concessions and making sure the kids were safe.
The city then dedicated the newly repaved basketball court to Mr. Carl Daniels. Several family members spoke about him. An Army veteran and FAMU graduate, Daniels dedicated
45 years of his life to education, teaching a variety of social studies at Carter-Parramore and Shanks High Schools. He lived very close to the basketball courts, and students would often come to his house to use the phone or get a glass of water. He welcomed them with open arms and one condition; They would have to watch CNN with him. He would always say, “the greatest thing to teach a child isn’t in a book; it’s in the real world.”
The splashpad at the park pool was named in honor of Coach Charleston Holt. In addition to coaching state renowned teams at Carter-Parramore and serving as assistant principal at Stevens High School, he was the very first pool manager and swimming instructor at Jackson Heights pool in the 1960s. Family members said he taught so many how to swim, and in all his coaching ventures, he never accepted anything less than the best from every kid he coached.
All of these educators had a great love for their community, dedicating their lives to their kids, and acted as a positive influence in their lives.