F-M teacher retires, friends form scholarship fund

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District is losing one of its finest teachers this year to a richly deserved retirement. Muriel Bodley, music teacher at Enders Road and Eagle Hill schools, is completing her 27-year career in music and education at the end of this month. Colleagues and friends describe her with heartfelt words such as amazing, creative, dynamic and caring.

"Muriel is undoubtedly one of the finest educators I have ever known," said Mary Coughlin, principal at Eagle Hill Middle School. "She is extraordinarily hard working, committed to her students and a stellar musician."

Known to get around from school to school on a motorized scooter, the spunky red-haired woman is so appreciated among her peers that a group of parents formed a scholarship committee to honor her person and exceptional achievements. It's goal? To establish a fund that will provide an annual scholarship award to a graduating high school senior pursuing music education.

"The reasons are endless as to why Muriel deserves a scholarship in her name," said Bridget Wojnovich, third grade teacher at Enders Road and mother of two girls who play strings. "She is the type of coworker that makes you do your own job better because she is dedicated to excellence."

The first recipient of the Muriel Bodley Excellence in Music Award will be selected in June next year by members of the high school music department.

"A scholarship in her name only caps what is a long lasting legacy of countless, successful and talented musicians who have studied with her," said Kevin Giordano, fellow string teacher at Eagle Hill. "To celebrate her dedicated life of teaching these young musicians by aiding them with a scholarship seems the best way to thank her and show her the well-earned appreciation she deserves."

The committee is currently accepting pledges to the scholarship fund. If interested, please email mjmobley@twcny.rr.com with your contact information and the amount of your pledge. A member will contact you with specifics when they are finalized.

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