Alma School Named After Supt. Killed In Crash 5-06-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Alma School Named After Supt. Killed In Crash 5-06-2011

A very special dedication took place in Mid-Michigan on Friday afternoon.
Alma Middle School will now be known as Donald L. Pavlik Middle School.
Pavlik was the superintendent of Alma Schools and he spearheaded the campaign for a new school.
Pavlik was on a medical mission on board a plane when it went down in Lake Michigan last July while carrying five people from Alma.
The pilot of the plane, Jerry Freed, was rescued a few hours later, but four others, including Pavlik's wife Irene, were killed.
Pavlik was being ferried to a treatment facility in Rochester, Minn., for cancer treatment.
Alma High School Principal Don Everhart worked with Pavlik for more than a decade and a half and said he was a special man with a gift.
“He was the kind of guy that would make sure the kids got a chance at getting an education, no matter what,” said Everhart last year. “He cared about the school and the students inside.”
Everhart said Pavlik was a dedicated leader with a sense of humor.
“He would come in [during] the morning [and] sing goofy songs,” said Everhart. “He knew a lot of them and it would set the tone for the day.”
Administrative assistant Wendy Guyette was often the first person to greet Pavlik at the start of the work day.
“If you asked Don to help you carry 10 bales of hay, he would, just because you had asked him to help,” said Guyette. “He was always there to lend a hand; that's the kind of man he was.”
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