McFall's Words on His Time at Dora
As this school year closes and I end five years of service at Dora
High School, I reflect upon the many accomplishments that have been
made in a short time. For the first time in twelve years, the Dora
Band qualified and performed at State Contest on the beautiful stage
of the Moody Music Building on the campus of the University of Alabama.
The Marching Bulldogs once again earned Superior ratings at three
marching contest across the Southeast. The Visual Ensemble won two
contest this year including winning at the prestigious Southern
Invitational in Marietta, GA. There is no doubt that the accomplishments
of this band program have been great this school year.
And I am proud to have been
a small part of that success. Without
hard working and dedicated students the successes of the past year
| have occurred.
So I thank the students for making this the best year of band in over
a decade at Dora High School.
To the parents of the Dora Band- Thank you for letting me teach your
children. Thank you for your support and hard work. Without you, there
are no students to teach. Without you, there is no support in which
success cannot thrive. The non-musical accomplishments are also great
in number and would not be possible if it was not for your hard work
and dedication. Music IS important in our schools. Thank you for all
of the support the last five years and keep supporting your children
in something that they can take with them the rest of their lives.
I encourage everyone that is connected to this band program to keep
up the hard work that has been done so far. This band has come a long
ways but yet still has far to go. Keep working to get better everyday;
not just in band, but in all that you do. I know that you will continue
the strong tradition of the “Pride of Walker County” and
I hope to see you guys at a competition this fall. I wish you nothing
but the very best in all of your endeavors. Have a great summer, stay
safe, practice, and Go Bulldogs!
All the Best, Jeremy McFall
NOTE: I just wanted to say how much I appreciate Mr. McFall. He
embraced our website from the first and made sure I was provided with
updates. His energy and enthusiasm has brought new life to Dora High
School and the community and he will be missed. Good luck in your
new job. P.S. Mr. McFall's friend Tiffany says that May 26th (the
last day of school) is his birthday so everyone should wish him a
happy birthday. Rick
If I Won The Lottery
I heard an old
joke that said there are three kinds of people in this world: those
who are good with numbers, and those who aren't. I've also heard that
the only people who buy lottery tickets are the ones who fall into
the latter group. But these folks don't get it. Where else can you
pay a dollar and in return, get to daydream a few days about what
you would do if money were no object. The Powerball lottery raced
past $155 million this week....uuummmm. What to do with a hundred
I love dreaming about the things I'd do if money were simply no object.
Of course I'd buy a Porsche 911 that is on the desktop of my computer
that I see every day, and I'd probably have to have a loft in one
of the beautiful old
| buildings in Birmingham
and that small island off the coast of Nova Soctia. I'd obviously
be totally debt free and I'd give money to all my friends and family,
but I have other dreams too. I'd like to start a trust fund for Dora
High School that would grow in perpetuity and fund scholarships for
deserving students from the Dora area. Students that excel in music,
art, writing and sports. I would build a library. Not just one with
an astounding collection of books, it would have lecture halls, and
a place to exhibit the work of local artist. It would be staffed with
qualified librarians that could help do research and also to teach
classes in computers, public speaking, creative writing, and photography.
I'd like to build an amphitheater where we could hold free concerts
every weekend; folk, rock, blues, and chamber music on Saturdays and
Gospel music on Sunday afternoons. Where we could hold chili cookoffs
and pie baking contest where everyone in attendance is the winner.
I'd like to fund the Mission of Hope...the charity in the old Methodist
Church in old Dora. Have a full time staff that collects and distributes
food to needy people in the area. Have a crew of volunteer carpenters
and craftsmen who would swing into action anytime someone's house
burned and they build the home back bigger and better and do it within
two weeks like they do on TV.
I'd buy all the available land in old Dora and tear down all the delapidated
buildings and put cobblestone on the street and build beautiful little
buildings where local entrapreneurs could sell arts, crafts and other
things. It would have an old fashioned theatre where people could
enjoy a movie or concert then walk next door to a Soda Fountain store
that sold homemade ice cream and Cherry Cokes.
It's fun to dream. I would do this and more if I won the lottery.
What would you do?