High school classmates of the late Judge David Klim raised $4,500 toward a DeWitt center in his name.
The Nottingham Class of 1970, which celebrated its 40th reunion in October, collected money for both its alma mater and the David G. Klim Center located on Caton Drive at the Springfield Garden Apartments. The center, run by the community enrichment program People in Action, provides preschool and afterschool tutoring, art education and computer classes. It also offers programs in adult literacy, GED preparation and job candidate coaching.
"It makes me feel so good," said Klim's widow Barbara about the outpouring of generosity.
The reunion committee initially raised $3,800 to split between the two entities, but then people on their own began to write separate checks just for the Klim Center. Another $2,500 was raised.
"It was totally organic," said Debbie Politis, classmate and committee member.
Klim was voted the most friendliest during their high school years and is remembered as being considerate and gracious.
"We [wanted] to celebrate each other," Politis said. "And that especially meant people like David who we so looked up to."
Klim and several other students lived at Springfield Gardens at one point or another while attending law school. The neighborhood became Section 8 housing years later. After graduation, Klim began his longtime career as an Onondaga County Family Court judge. He died in 2006.
The money raised by his classmates has so far been earmarked for the expansion of a community garden that about 50 families at Springfield Gardens use right now.