The Friends of Wakelon opened their history vault to the public in a nice way on Friday, hosting an open house at Town Hall in Zebulon – in the very building many of them attended school and which they worked to save and restore as a public treasure.
The remarkable amount of memoribilia the Friends of Wakelon has collected over the past few years is truly remarkable, not just for the sheer volume, but for the lessons it can teach the rest of us. School – especially high school – is a transformative time in any person’s life. That’s the case today as much as it was 50 or 65 years ago.
More important than the stuff – and the memories that stuff represents, however – is the fact that there is an enormous amount of pride among the people who attended Wakelon School. If you take a look at who those people are, you will also note that many of them are the same people working to make Zebulon a better place to live and work. They serve on committees to help beautify downtown. They work with local civic clubs to tackle important issues facing the town. They volunteer their time on projects big and small with an eye toward improving their community.
That kind of civic pride is critically important in any town and the Friends of Wakelon have proven time and time again that they are up to the task and that they take their responsibility as civic stewards seriously.
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The very fact that they were able to convince a town government – and voters of all stripes – to support a multi-million purchase of the old Wakelon School property says a lot about their commitment to the community. Nowadays, Friends of Wakelon is not just made up of folks who still live right here in Zebulon. Its members come from all over, but they share a common concern that they want to see a stronger Zebulon.
Those who attended Friday’s open house surely got that sense from Friends of Wakelon members they met. Hopefully that community zeal will rub off on the everyone who attended.