Middle School Named for Mrs. Richardson
STJ Names Middle School in Honor of Retiring Head of School
Saint James School celebrated its inaugural Sunset on the Quad Sunday, April 19, 2015 on the campus of STJ. The event was designed to be a school wide fundraiser for various school groups who compete regionally and nationally and to honor the school’s retiring Head of School, Mrs. Melba B. Richardson. The evening was orchestrated by the Saint James School Director of Advancement, Dr. Larry McLemore, and a team of volunteers.
"Last summer, we began making plans for a gala,” said Dr. McLemore. “With auction and event direction from of our very experienced Saint James CFO, Elizabeth Fritz, our steering committee named event chairs and set out on a path to craft an enjoyable event that our Saint James family would look forward to attending in the spring. We were so humbled by the numerous community sponsors who volunteered to support our first school-wide event of this scale. Following our sponsors were the RSVP’s. As our reservations grew to over 600, we were again delighted by the response of the Saint James family and all of our supporters. An event this large took the hands of so many different people; we cannot begin to recognize them all. What an honor it was for me to lead and work with these remarkable committee members all year.”
As one of the many highlights during the evening, the Chairman of the Saint James School Board of Directors, Mrs. Helena Duncan, delivered a tribute to Mrs. Richardson. At the end of her remarks, Mrs. Duncan presented a rendering of the Saint James middle school, bearing its new name, the Melba Richardson Middle School. Honored by a standing ovation, Mrs. Richardson spoke about her years at Saint James, what the school has meant to her family as she and Dr. Richardson are parents of two STJ graduates, and how excited she is to watch the future unfold for Saint James. “I cannot express how surprised I was to be given such an honor at the gala,” said Mrs. Richardson. “After spending half of my life nurturing our students, working to bring innovative concepts and programs to Saint James, and rejoicing in the successes of our students and faculty – this school is simply just a part of who I am. In fact, my 2-year old granddaughter synonymously connects me with school, ‘Nana-STJ!’ I could not be more honored than to have my name permanently connected with such a fine institution.”
Proceeds from the evening’s silent auction and ticket sales will be distributed among various teams and groups on STJ’s campus to enhance their programs and offerings. For Pre-K3 through 12th grade admissions information, please call 334.273.2992.