A statue depicting Bella, the dog belonging to the late Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, who accompanied her to school every day, was unveiled on Wednesday, April 27, as the new central focal point in the courtyard at Bethlehem Elementary School, where Ms. Hochsprung served as principal from 2004 to 2007. The standard black poodle was being trained as a therapy dog and became an integral and comforting member of the school community as she greeted children arriving for school and accompanied Dawn on her visits to classrooms to read with the students. Among those participating in the ceremony were (from left) Ms. Hochsprung’s daughter, Erica Lafferty, Bethlehem sculptor Mark Mennin, Dawn and Bella Fund Committee members Linda Butkus and Tom Brayton, Mr. Mennin’s studio assistant and statue creator Quinn Boothe, and committee members Bonnie Grzelak and Carol Ann Brown. Mr. Mennin donated the black Champlain limestone from northern Vermont and Mr. Boothe was happy to donate his time and skill carving the statue, his first large-scale public piece. (O’Brien photo)

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