El Paso special education teacher’s long-standing legacy lives on with small library




EL PASO, Texas – This is the story of a special education teacher from the Socorro Independent School District whose name and legacy will be present in the school where he taught for many years after his death.

Richard Collier worked at Elfida P. Chavez Elementary School for 16 years as a special education teacher and has always been interested in serving his students.

But it ended when complications from a stroke in 2019 claimed Collier’s life.

He loved to read to his children and this gave his family the inspiration to honor his passion.

“So we said to ourselves, what can we do with books? And we decided to create this library”, explained Veronica Collier, referring to the unveiling of the new small free library of the dedicated school. in memory of her husband.

The concept is that the students come and take a book that interests them and leave another in its place. It is an idea that the school has received with open arms.

“I’m grateful to the family for coming up with this idea. And I think for many years it keeps Richard’s legacy alive,” said Director Rosemary Yates.

You can find out more about the library by by clicking here.

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