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Building A Legacy, One Brick At A Time

Legacy Bricks inside the Bearcat Paw

Over the holidays, the walkway outside Sherman High School became home to the first set of Legacy Bricks, honoring and memorializing community members, alumni and graduating classes past and present.

“The Legacy Bricks Campaign allows the Sherman community to etch their names or the ones they care about into the very foundation of the new high school,” said Kathy Bickerstaff, Executive Director of the Sherman Education Foundation. “And with every brick bought and installed, students and staff across Sherman ISD benefit from an enhanced learning environment.”

SEF invited those who have purchased bricks so far to view them on Jan. 2. School Board member and SHS alumna Jennifer Shelby and her husband Brandon, an Austin College graduate and long-time Shermanite, were among those who purchased a brick. They choose to engrave the names and class years of their three young Bearcats: Will, Charlie and Nate.

“Sherman has always been a wonderful home to our family, and our children have been surrounded by excellence at Sherman schools,” Jennifer Shelby said. “Through these bricks, we’ve not only supported Sherman as a whole, but we’ve paved the way for our children.”

From left: Charlie, Will and Nate Shelby

From left, Charlie, Will and Nate Shelby sit around their brick purchased by their parents, Jennifer and Brandon Shelby.

Bricks can be purchased for $100, and proceeds go to SEF, which provides creative educational programs, educational aids, faculty and staff development opportunities, curricular enhancements, and other innovative solutions to meet identified educational needs of Sherman students which are beyond the basic educational program of the Sherman ISD.

For more information about SEF, visit, and to purchase bricks, visit