Tonight, I kind of had a “I remember you Peachie and I miss you” Party. I pulled up old emails and read through some of her wit and advice from the short time I knew her. She was so direct and so loving… maybe that’s why I liked her. She was fiery and passionate and desperate to make a difference in the lives of students.
I found this in one of her emails to me:
I had just said to my husband that I am so glad that I met Lori because she “gets it!” For over 40 years, I have been doing what I do by myself, getting criticized as a being a “bleeding heart liberal”… I said I think God sent Lori to help me when I was ready to quit and I feel so blessed!!! –December 9, 2016
Those three little dots in the middle replaced the really good stuff! HA!
I loved Peachie.
Empower Youth has been talking some time about a desire to give students who want to go into post-secondary school or a vocational school a scholarship. With the same mind as Peachie that not every student is going to college but all students graduating and those coming back to school after a break need encouragement to further their training to be the best in their field. With that in mind, we are going to for a few days be collecting specifically toward an Empower Youth Scholarship Fund that will be given to a student for the 2018-2019 school year to honor the legacy of Peachie Glassmeyer. If you would like to donate, you can do so through our webpage and designate EY Scholarship. You may also give through a facebook campaign that can be found at our Empower Youth facebook page.
Peachie never wanted credit for anything so this is kind of ironic to do something so bold in her honor. But, what she would want is to see a teenage Mom apply for this scholarship so she could get a second chance at her dream. She would want to see a young man graduating from Grant use these funds to get the next level of training he needs for his career. She would love to see the biotech student use this to go towards her books for school. To see the name and stature of those students increase and hers decrease, that was Peachie.
I’m not gonna lie and say I have all these details worked out as to the application process or how much we can even offer. But, I think Peachie knew that about me and I think that she was that way too… After the first week of backpacks at Grant, her first email to me started out, “This was our first week and we learned a lot.”
This is our first scholarship and I’m sure we will learn a lot.
We love you Peachie.