Thanks to Crystal at OaklandCounty115.com for the news tip.
Wednesday, staff at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Michigan, discovered a plaque in a closet. Describing the discovery in a school newsletter, “we found something amazing!”
Although separated by about 2,000 miles, the Ferndale High Schools in Washington and Michigan are similar in some ways. Both were initially built in the mid-30s, both participated in an alternating exchange student program and both have eagles as their school mascots.
The surprising find in a closet in the Michigan school was a hand-carved wooden eagle on a plaque that was a gift from the Washington school back in 1983.
According to the Michigan school staff, the inscription on the plaque reads,
To the Eagles of Ferndale, Michigan
From the Eagles of Ferndale, Washington
The story in the newsletter went on to say, “We certainly thanked our fellow Eagles for this gift almost 35 years ago, but wanted to take a moment and thank them again. Our new friend has found a permanent home and will be prominently displayed in our Enrollment Office.”
Do you recall or did you participate in the student exchange program or the making of this gift for the Ferndale High School in Michigan? If so, add to the story in the comment field below.