Columbia High School teachers and students created a beautiful mural in the South Wing of the school in memory of beloved Special Education Teacher Mary Lally who passed away in December after a long battle with cancer.
The mural features a quote from Ruth Bader Ginsburg surrounded by a border of blue handprints made by her students and colleagues. Each handprint has a red heart on its palm. To either side of the mural is a plaque in memory of Ms. Lally and a painting of her dog Bacon.
Ms. Lally’s colleagues wrote the following reflection about her:
Mary was relaxed, dynamic, confident and had limitless LOVE for all of her students, colleagues and family.
Her entire career at Columbia High School was spent in the South Wing with the Academic Skills Program.
Mary’s spirit lives on here through this beautiful mural. It is an example of how she lived every day; with boundless energy and positivity. The hands of all her wonderful students, colleagues and family with whom she so deeply touched are represented here. A portrait of her beloved dog Bacon is displayed as he was an important part of her life and the lives of the students she taught.
A special thanks to Art Teacher Patti LeRoy and students Skyler Whitman ’24, Sophia Pioggia ’24 and Abha Dere ’24 for all their time, hard work and dedication to making this vision come to light.
— East Greenbush CSD (@EGreenbushCSD) February 23, 2022