The Manatee Association for Media in Education on Thursday will present a plaque and library books to Palmetto High School, in memory of Pat Mullins, the school's late library media specialist who died last year.
Members of MAME and community members donated funds to purchase the materials to remember Mullins' love of nature and to help meet the needs of students at Palmetto High.
“After we lost Pat, our members wanted to make sure his legacy of literacy and love for his students would not be forgotten,” Marie Masferrer, MAME president. said in a news release “The best way we could think to do this was to provide a plaque for the library and books for the students Pat loved and laughed with every day.”
Mullins, 52, was reported missing Jan. 27, 2013, when he did not return home after boating on the Braden River. His boat was found the next day near Egmont Key, and his remains were recovered Feb. 4 from near Emerson Point.
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“I’m so glad the media specialists’ association is doing this in recognition of Pat,” his wife Jill said in the release. “ My husband really loved the students of Palmetto, and he gave his all for them.”
Jill Mullins, also a MAME member, will be in attendance at the ceremony, which is set to start at 4:30 p.m. in the library at Palmetto High School.