ROCKLAND — Retired physical education teacher Frederick Brown returned to the R. Stewart Esten Elementary School on Tuesday to present certificates to the “Frederick D. Brown Spirit Award” winners. This year the winners were third graders, Charli Woodward and Joshua Benson, and fourth graders, Dylan Miller and Kailani Farrell.
The winners were chosen for leadership, school spirit, sportsmanship and kindness. Teachers nominate and vote for the winners each year.
Brown established the awards in 1990, and, since retiring in 1994, has returned each year to present them to third and fourth grade students.
The 81-year-old resident of Yarmouth taught for 23 years in Rockland and eight in California. In addition to the Spirit Awards, he has donated more $55,000 to Esten Elementary School since his retirement. The funds have been used to expand the technology initiative, buy playground equipment, stand-up desks and other items for students.
Brown has also donated many items and books to the library, specifically related to baseball and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Brown is a former baseball coach, and assisted the baseball team at Rockland High School for many years.
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