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Ribbon cutting, dedication held for Wade H. Prince Recreation Center in Blenheim

Published on Thursday, April 11, 2019

Ribbon cutting, dedication held for Wade H. Prince Recreation Center in Blenheim

BLENHEIM — The late Wade H. Prince taught his daughter, Dr. Carolyn Prince to dream big.
Prince shared anecdotes about her father during a ribbon cutting/dedication for the Wade H. Prince Recreation Centeron April 4.
She thanked the Marlboro County Board of Education for donating the building to the county and for the Marlboro County Council for naming the facility after her father. 
He was principal from 1953-1978 for Wright Elementary and High School, Blenheim High School and Blenheim Elementary.
"He believed getting an education was a key component," she said. "His mantra was to get as much education as possible."
Since the building opened, Prince said it has been used quite a bit with more activities being planned.
But, she added, funds are needed to continue to improve the facility. She encouraged individuals, organizations, churches, and others to make a donation to the Wade Hampton Prince renovation fund to the county.
"I will start off by making a donation today," she said.
During the program, several people who knew Wade H. Prince made remarks.
Dr. Gwendolyn L. Dixon-Coe, former principal at Blenheim Elementary Middle School from 2008-13, said the day was about more than a ribbon cutting.
"It was lifting up memories and renewing of life," she said. "The life of a facility that Prince thought so much of."
Steve Blackmon, county councilman for district 7, said Wade Prince was his principal in elementary school.
"He ran a tight ship," he said.
Claudette D. Hooker, chairman of the Wright School Alumnae Association, said they were honoring one of the great icons of her past.
"Mr. Prince was a man with commitment," she said. "He taught with compassion and authority. He was a man with moralistic values."
Lawrence Johnson, retired educator and band director, said Wade Prince put together a beautiful faculty and staff, who wanted the very best for students.
As I look back over my life, I have tried to live my life with some of the same attributes as Mr. Prince," he said.
He added the dedication and ribbon cutting will ensure the center will be a beacon in the community for years to come.
Patricia Bundy, Marlboro County clerk to county council and a former student, shared how compassionate Wade Prince was when she was accidentally hurt at school.
She talked about how she had always had respect for him but the incident made an impression on her.
"They don't make them like that anymore," she said. "He was one of a kind."

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