A teacher’s legacy
Above: Erin Farkas Dewyea
Last fall, Tupper Lake lost a beloved teacher.
Erin Farkas Dewyea taught at L.P. Quinn Elementary School for 11 years. During her time there, she left an indelible impression on her students, her peers, and the community as a whole. In an Adirondack Daily Enterprise story published just days after she passed away, friends and family described Dewyea as someone who would do anything to help someone in need.
“Her day never ended,” Juli Dukett, a lifelong friend of Dewyea’s, told the newspaper. “She was always helping. If someone needed it, she would give the shirt off her back. She was so giving.”
To honor Dewyea’s commitment to the students of the Tupper Lake Central School District, her brother Ben and husband, Chris, established a fund at Adirondack Foundation in her memory. The Erin Farkas Dewyea Fund will award scholarship grants to students pursuing a career in teaching who also show a passion for community service.
In the span of a few short months, nearly $25,000 was donated to the fund.
“A lot of people thought our first goal of $25,000 for the scholarship was a little too ambitious—not Ben and me,” Chris says. “We knew that Erin was that special. The fact that we reached it so quickly was mind blowing. With the help of family and friends, the fundraising was amazing; it feels good knowing that Erin has touched so many lives both in the classroom and the community. We know this scholarship will help to shape more people like Erin for many years to come.”
To make a gift in Erin’s memory, use the form below.