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Middle schoolers join Swing Docs to raise money for scholarship in honor of local teacher

Bethlehem Middle School students practice for “Swing Night,” an event to raise funds for the Mary Jane Hughes Memorial Scholarship, on Monday, June 11.

Bethlehem Middle School students practice for “Swing Night,” an event to raise funds for the Mary Jane Hughes Memorial Scholarship, on Monday, June 11. Photo by Louis Varricchio.

— “Our plan is to have some of her string students playing in the lobby before the performance and during intermission,” said Daly. “Our hope is with having The Swing Docs, it will attract a sellout audience, and our goal is to $15,000 for the endowment.”

Bethlehem Senior Eamonn O’Neill was the first recipient of the Mary Jane Hughes Memorial Scholarship. He was presented the award at the annual senior awards night Thursday, May 31.

Conway, who was friends with Hughes for 15 years, said the scholarship is a fitting way to remember her friend.

“She was just a fabulously patient lady,” said Conaway. “She just never got flustered. … She worked tirelessly. Her life was music; her passion was teaching children, and as a colleague, there was none better.”

The event will be held on Monday, June 11, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at the Bethlehem Middle School. The performance is one-night only and tickets cost $5. Additional contributions can be made throughout the event to support the legacy of Mary Jane Hughes.

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