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Jeremy 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 would not
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
What 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 million dollars???
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?

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