Ivan Thomas: Community celebrates esteemed educator’s 85th birthday

Happy Birthday Ivan! Community members piled into vehicles and formed a huge line down 6th Line Friday to wish the 85-year-old elder best wishes. (Photo by Jim C Powless)

By Donna Duric Writer There were cheers, laughter, smiles, honks and roadside gifts for I.L. Thomas, an esteemed educator who even has a local school named after him, as the community celebrated his 85th birthday, social-distance style on July 9. A large procession of vehicles decked out in birthday decorations and balloons gathered at his namesake school on Cayuga Road and drove by his house on Sixth Line Road last Thursday evening, honking and shouting well-wishes, while dropping off presents roadside. Mr. Thomas, as he’s known to the community from his years of teaching, was smiling from ear to ear and waving to people from his front lawn as about 50 vehicles slowly made their way down the road for the unique birthday celebration. Mr. Thomas began teaching when he…

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