WALLINGFORD — When they return from the long Labor Day weekend, the students and staff of Mary G. Fritz School will be greeted with a new memorial honoring their school’s namesake.
Members of Boy Scout Troop 5 installed an acrylic plaque featuring a photo and biography of Fritz Friday outside the main office. Fritz represented the 90th House District for 32 years, served as chairwoman of the Wallingford Board of Education and worked as a teacher.
She died in July 2016 at age 78. The former Yalesville School was renamed in her honor last year.
The plaque, which measures 44 inches by 32 inches, is the Eagle Scout service project of Kalen Boman, a 14-year-old Sheehan High School freshman.
With the support of school principal Mary Poisson, Boman researched Fritz’s life and created the biography with the help of his troop.
“We went to the library to do some research on computers, and that’s where we got most of the information from, as well as the family,” he said.
The group visited the home of Heather McDonnell, Fritz’s daughter, to gather more information.
“To actually look at and go through the things that my mom has done from another perspective … that was fun for us to see,” McDonnell said.
McDonnell attended the plaque installation with her children, 15-year-old Jack and 10-year-old twins Mae and Cole.
She said her mother would be honored, humbled and touched by the plaque.
“My mom, she didn’t want to be recognized,” McDonnell said. “She just did what she did, because she cared about what she did.”
William Fritz, Mary Fritz’s husband and McDonnell’s father, died in May at age 78.
”Naming the school was such a big deal to my dad,” McDonnell said. “He was so proud, because he went to this school,” in addition to McDonnell and her siblings.
Shinichi Boman, Kalen Boman’s father and Boy Scout troop leader, said he was proud of his son.
“Can’t be any prouder,” he said.
John Oldham Studios, Inc., of Wethersfield, made the plaque, donating the materials, time and labor to the project.
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