Webster Remembered With Donation at PES

Thursday, April 26, 2018
PES principal Brock Swann is joined by two of Jane Webster's great-grandchildren, Mia and Mason Lowe, in showing-off the memorial bronze sculpture. The work of art, which depicts two children reading on a bench, is currently in the lobby of Piggott Elementary and will later be moved to a more permanent location in memory of the longtime local educator.
TD photo/Kelsey McKenney

The donation of a memorial sculpture recently to Piggott Elementary School serves to remember and honor a longtime educator, Carolyn Jane (Binkley) Webster. As an educator she spent a long career in both the classroom and the library, working in Illinois, Kentucky and Arkansas—spending the final three decades in the Piggott District before retiring.

Webster worked as a librarian the majority of the years she spent in the Piggott District, shifting between middle school and junior high for a time. The last several years of her career were spent at PES.

Her family members noted that following her retirement she found out she had developed uterine cancer. Two years later, in October of 2016, she passed away.

Remembering how much she loved the school, and the kids she was surrounded by each day, her family sought to preserve her memory. Her love of reading, and how she sought to share that love with her students, family and friends as much as she could served as the inspiration for the memorial.

Initially, Jane's family had planned to donate the sculpture during an organized dedication ceremony although most of the family does not live in the Piggott area. As the process became complicated, they chose to go ahead and have the memorial placed at PES last month. The family felt, because of Jane's love for the school and the kids, this is where it should be placed.

“It's just gorgeous,” notes her stepdaughter, Christie Risinger, of the bronze monument. Commenting on the subject of the piece, she adds, “it's kind of like she is still reading to them.”

The family also offered a great deal of gratitude to all their friends and extended family for making donations, which made the placement of the sculpture possible. In addition, they also voiced their thanks to the school district for allowing the monument to be placed at the elementary school.

Family members also noted they were grateful to know there will be a monument celebrating Jane's life and work for years to come, highlighting the care and dedication she showed the kids she communicated with.

The bronze bench with children reading is currently located in the lobby of PES, and will be moved to a permanent home following the current school year.

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