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Loudoun Valley cafeteria renamed to honor longtime custodian

The Loudoun Valley High School cafeteria has been renamed to the Freddie Wright cafeteria to honor Wright's service to the school, school officials announced.

Wright spent his entire 40 year career with Loudoun County Public Schools at Loudoun Valley. He passed away last April.

The Loudoun County School Board unanimously approved the cafeteria's renaming at a recent meeting. Loudoun Valley Principal Susan Ross wrote to the School Board last fall requesting the change.

"All — faculty, students and community members — knew Freddie as a cheerful, energetic, and eager custodian — a true steward of our building," Ross wrote. "Freddie always inquired about the needs of student led clubs, faculty led events, and community sponsored programs. Once he understood those needs, he made it clear how he would best serve those needs and he always followed up on everything he said he would do."

Ross said in her letter that Wright was the first person she met as a Loudoun Valley faculty member in 2005, and everyone knew the cafeteria as his domain. She said she met him in the cafeteria, and he proudly let her know the cafeteria was his area to maintain cleanliness and order for students day in and day out.

The school's Student Council Association also advocated for the renaming of the cafeteria to honor Wright. The SCA wrote a letter detailing how students felt about Wright. It said Wright was the first one to arrive to school each day and often left after everyone else had gone home. Students said Wright never expected any recognition for his work and was "beyond dedicated" to providing a clean and safe environment for students and staff.

"It is because of Freddie's incredible commitment to our school that it is so important to not only us as student council members, but to hundreds of Valley students as well, that his legacy is remembered. We are seeking your permission to dedicate our cafeteria to Freddie and we would like to have a plaque made with his picture and biography, so that future students will understand Freddie's love for Loudoun Valley, our students, and especially our cafeteria," the SCA letter read.

Born in 1942 in Purcellville, Wright began his career as a custodian at Loudoun Valley in 1977 until the day of his passing last year. After the School Board's vote, the cafeteria will indefinitely be named in his honor.

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