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May 6, 2009 > District to recognize early-1900s music teacher

District to recognize early-1900s music teacher

Submitted By Robin Michel

Charles C. Way was a passionate and dedicated musician who was the primary instrumental music teacher in San Leandro from 1911-1954. As the San Leandro Unified School District moves forward with new construction and modernization projects, a bit of history is being recovered and tribute paid to this early educator.

"From all accounts, Charles Way was a guiding force in San Leandro," said Superintendent Christine Lim. "Not only did he start one of the first school bands in the area at Lincoln Elementary School in 1911, he also held the nation's first summer music camp for the San Leandro Band. His legacy and love for music continues today. It is evident in the community support our music programs receive. It is evident in the skill and passion of our students and music specialists."

When the music building at San Leandro High School was built in 1970, it was named Charles C. Way Hall. In the late 1990s, the building and sign were painted over, removing any recognition of the name.

"Through Measure B, the $109 million school facilities bond passed in 2006 by San Leandro voters, the music building received a major facelift, including a new roof and heating system," added Lim. "One of our steering committee members, Chad Pennebaker, brought this bit of history to light and it seemed a perfect time to restore what had been lost."

To celebrate this outstanding music teacher's contribution, the District is holding a re-dedication ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday, May 8, at San Leandro High School, 2200 Bancroft Ave., San Leandro. The community is invited and encouraged to attend.

Charles C. Way Hall Re-dedication Ceremony
Friday, May 8
4 p.m.
San Leandro High School
2200 Bancroft Ave., San Leandro
(510) 667-6208

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