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By Cynthia Haggitt
Through the years there are some teachers who find ways to inspire their students because they love their students and their careers. A lot of teachers are memorable but sometimes, however, one truly special teacher will stand out and leave their mark not only in the hearts of their students, but also on their fellow teachers and even in their community. For Calhoun County, their special teacher was Mr. Glen Peyton, Coach Peyton to all who knew him.
Coach Glenn Peyton’s memorial is complete and it is all thanks to the Calhoun High School alumni, teachers’ Eric Hagen, Mark Hillen, Seth Grimes and Grime’s shop students who dedicated their time to build a beautiful memorial for one of the school’s favorite teachers.
Peyton was a high school government history teacher, a coach, a mentor and a beloved friend to all who knew him. Peyton passed away suddenly last September and Hagen along with others wanted to memorialze Peyton by dedicating a small patio with a seat wall around it and a flag pole, near the sports complex in his honor.
Hagen mentioned that earlier this year back in March, the crowdfunding goal of $3000 was met and this was all accomplished through Facebook and through the newspaper.
“Thank you to all who donated to make this possible. Coach Peyton was a high school graduate of Calhoun High School, and later began his career at Calhoun High School teaching history and coaching football for over 20 years, said Hagen.” As a matter of fact, he was my football coach and he often refereed sports.”
Hagen said after their goal was reached they cut off donations and started breaking ground during the offseason while there weren’t any sports going on.
“Mr. Grimes and his students created the materials for the flagpole which was done in shop class and the idea for the flagpole was because he was a government history teacher. It was important to have the kids involved because alot of students had him as a teacher.”
Hagen said since the memorial is done, his main goal now is for everyone to see it.
“We had alot of help. I just want everyone to make sure that everyone who donated gets a chance to see it because people from everywhere helped make this possible.