Former elementary school principal Steve Brady and his wife Sandi bequeathed $50,000 to Wenatchee School District elementary libraries. Their daughter Karin Abbott contacted Superintendent Brian Flones in December 2016, writing on behalf of her parents. Steve Brady was principal at Lewis & Clark, Abraham Lincoln, and Columbia elementary schools. Steve Brady passed away in 2012, and his wife Sandi passed away in 2016.
The gift is given in honor of their late son, Mike Brady. “Mike died in a tragic car accident in January of 1977 at the age of 11,” Karin Abbott wrote in the letter to Superintendent Flones.
Karin’s letter went on to say that Steve and Sandi have three grandchildren in Wenatchee School District at Wenatchee High School (WHS), Orchard Middle School and Washington Elementary School. Another grandchild graduated from WHS in 2016. “Their grandchildren have personally benefited from some excellent librarians in the district such as Amy Ferrell . . . and Kathy Dorey.”
Amy Ferrell is librarian team leader for the district. “I know I can speak for all of the elementary teacher-librarians when I say that this gift is absolutely amazing!” said Amy Ferrell. “We all have sections in our library that are in desperate need of updating and this bequest, made in the name of Mike Brady, will help us tremendously. We are so grateful and excited to be able to update our collections thanks to the generosity of the Brady family.”