Violet Simmons: A Teacher’s Passion Lives On
Although legally blind for more than half of her 50-year teaching career, Violet Simmons had a clear vision for her students: “I am old fashioned enough to believe that we get from our students only what we demand. If we accept mediocrity, that is what they will give… it is my sincere wish that Webutuck will continue to emphasize goals of high scholastic achievement.”
Former students of this inspiring teacher established the Violet H. Simmons Scholarship Fund in her honor in 1982. Miss Simmons became chairman of its advisory board and helped set the high standards for a Simmons Scholar. Just before her death in 2001, at the age of 90, Violet Simmons established an endowment for the scholarship fund named in her honor and left it a significant bequest.
The scholarship perpetuates Miss Simmons’ vision and values: that every child can learn; that every individual, regardless of his/her circumstances, should strive for excellence; and that anything worth doing at all is worth doing well.
Since its inception, the Violet Simmons Scholarship Fund has awarded over $175,000 to graduates of Webutuck High School in Amenia, NY.