Wed Dec 1, 2021

Early college masonry program receives surprise industry donation

Columbus Career and College Academy masonry instructor Fred Mason (first row, third from left) is pictured on Oct. 2 after being surprised with a $5,000 check from Rush Masonry Management of Jacksonville to purchase supplies. Mason is joined by education administrators, including Columbus County Superintendent Deanne Meadows and Southeastern Community College President Chris English. Staff photo by Justin Smith

It’s not often that a public school teacher is surprised in the middle of a lab with a $5,000 check to purchase supplies. But that’s what happened Oct. 2 to Fred Mason, the masonry instructor at Columbus Career and College Academy. 

Students were hard at work laying bricks and completing

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