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CHS media center named for former employee, Ann Fraim

Campbellsville High School names Anne Fraim Media Center for lifelong Eagle. '-A library is a cornerstone for education, and Anne is a cornerstone for Eagle pride. Her true colors have never faded, nor have they ever been compromised. She's been through it all, and she's always been true. Not everybody can say that." - Dedication Keynote speaker Jonathan Kidwell
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Calen McKinney, Public Information Officer
Campbellsville Independent Schools

Her days of wearing high heels and walking to the post office might be over. But Anne Fraim says she will always be an Eagle.

Wearing her purple and gold, as she always does, she listened as her friends and family spoke about how much they love her.

And she couldn't help but smile.

Campbellsville High School named its media center for lifetime Eagle and long-time employee and school supporter Anne Fraim on Monday, March 6.

Fraim worked at CHS for 42 years in many capacities, helping students, faculty members and administrators.

She started her educational career at Campbellsville Independent Schools in 1939, and graduated from CHS on May 24, 1951.

Hired by former superintendent Paul J. Coop on Aug. 15, 1966, Fraim describes her time spent working at CHS as the happiest of her life.

She is remembered as having photos of her students hung on every inch of the walls in her office and for always wearing purple and gold and her signature high heels.

Fraim retired from CHS on June 30, 2008.

In 1995, Fraim received the Campbellsville Kiwanis Club's community Santa's Helper award.

And in 2008, Fraim was named the Central Kentucky News-Journal's Woman of the Year.

About 150 of Fraim's family members, friends and fellow Eagles attended the dedication ceremony on Monday, March 6, and many spoke of her unwavering dedication to the District and its students.

Superintendent Mike Deaton began the special ceremony by thanking everyone for attending.

"We're here tonight to honor a very special person," he said.

When coming to CIS about 10 years ago, Deaton said, he didn't know Fraim but saw many students and teachers gathered around her on his first day of school. He said he asked if something was wrong.

"No, that's Mrs. Fraim," he said he was told. "You need to get to know Mrs. Fraim."

During his time at CIS, Deaton said, he has learned there have been three great events in this District.

"One was the creation of the school, second was the naming of the mascot and the third was the hiring of Mrs. Fraim," he said.

Campbellsville Board of Education Chair Pat Hall said she and all of those involved with the District know how important Mrs. Fraim is to the school legacy, but the ceremony just proves that.

Hall credited Board member Suzanne Wilson for the idea to honor Fraim.

The Rev. Paul Dicken, who is a former CHS principal, gave the invocation for the ceremony.

Dicken thanked God for CHS.

"This school has been a beacon of hope for so many people for so many years," he said. "So many lives have been transformed right here in this place."

Dicken said Fraim has touched so many people, and asked God to lift her up.

"It's a blessing for us to be a part of this dedication tonight," he said.

CHS graduate Jonathan Kidwell, a longtime friend of Fraim's, was the keynote speaker for the ceremony.

Kidwell said he is greatly honored to have been asked to speak about Fraim and her legacy at CHS.

The dedication in Fraim's honor, he said, is long overdue and very special.

"The fact that I was asked to speak ... is quite frankly one of the best honors of my life," Kidwell said.

"There's no one I've ever met who has executed such pride and love for the students and faculty and staff at this school and this school district as much as Anne."

Kidwell said it's also fitting to name a library for Mrs. Fraim.

"A library is a collection of materials for study and enjoyment, for references to be kept and borrowed, but not for sale. This is so Anne Fraim.

"She is a collection of memories. Not just hers, but of all the people that she has touched."

Kidwell said he is proud to have known Fraim since his elementary school days.

When school was dismissed each day, he said, he remembers coming to see her.

"She'd be typing away on her infamous typewriter," he said. "And she'd always greet me with a smile. No matter what. And she'd stop, no matter what she was doing, and talk to me. But not just talk. More importantly, she'd listen."

Kidwell said he remembers fundraisers at school, and Fraim was always the first person he would ask to buy whatever he was selling.

"I was soon known to her as 'her little salesman,'" he said. "That must have been what started my sales career.

"A library is a cornerstone for education," he said. "And Anne is a cornerstone for Eagle pride. Her true colors have never faded, nor have they ever been compromised. She's been through it all, and she's always been true. Not everybody can say that."

Kidwell said he remembers during spirit weeks, Fraim always sported her purple and gold - and sometimes even purple hair.

"There was no one who believed and felt it more than she did," he said.

And Fraim showed her pride in Campbellsville Independent Schools no matter where she was - often on her many walking trips to the post office.

"She exuded her pride in her school district," he said. "She carried the school district on her shoulders."

While Kidwell said Fraim's love for the school district is important, he learned something else about Fraim over the years.

"Her love for life, and her smile, her amazingly positive attitude, has shaped and inspired me and many other people," he said.

Kidwell said Fraim always kept up with him, wherever he moved and whatever job he was working. He said she always told him what was happening at the school district.

"But she always found me," he said. "She always figured out how to find me and make sure I knew I was special."

Kidwell said he remembers receiving a multiple-page, hand-typed letter from Fraim, which was mailed to him during his darkest days.

"Which, to this day, I treasure."

Kidwell said libraries continue to deliver value to the community of those it serves for years to come.

Fittingly, he said, he and his wife, Beth, would like to announce that they have begun the Anne Fraim Eagle Pride scholarship fund.

Kidwell said those eligible will be CHS seniors who have maintained high academic standing, but also have the passion and commitment of pride and dedication to his or her school district.

"This will ensure a lasting reminder and tribute to Mrs. Fraim for many years to come, and her love for the school."

Betty Sue Schuhmann - a longtime friend of Fraim's - began her portion of the program by talking about a photo she took of Fraim's gravestone. At the bottom, it is engraved "CHS Eagle 1951."

"That's pretty cool," she said. "Most of us don't have that."

Schuhmann - wearing Fraim's signature purple bow in her hair - said Mrs. Fraim might be the honoree of the night, but it was she he was being honored.

"We would all describe you as unique and one of a kind. Who else could love unconditionally as many people as you do?"

Schuhmann said she buys stamps for Mrs. Fraim, so she knows how many letters are sent from her home.

"She can probably tell you the birthday and anniversary of everyone in this room," he said.

In spring 2008, Schuhmann said, Fraim came to her and said, with a dazed look in her face, that she was chosen as the Woman of the Year.

Schuhmann said Fraim said next that she hoped she wouldn't be in the hospital on July 4, so she could ride in the Fourth of July celebration parade.

So, on that day, Schuhmann said, Fraim managed to talk her doctor into releasing her from the hospital for her to ride in the parade.

"You, Anne, are the same optimistic, loving, caring person you were when you first came to work at Campbellsville High School in August 1966," Schuhmann said.

"Your circumstances do not define you, your identity does, and that's what makes you so special. And why we all love you so much."

Cheryl Dicken spoke on behalf of the CHS faculty and staff members. She was a student at CHS during Fraim's tenure, and later a teacher.

"You know how much I love you, and I just want to thank you for always being my cheerleader."

Dicken compiled a slideshow presentation of photos taken during Fraim's tenure at CHS. It is available for viewing on the CIS website at and the CIS Facebook Page.

CHS Media Specialist Valerie Davis read some memories about Fraim submitted by those who worked with and know her well.

To commemorate the media center dedication, a book is being compiled of Fraim's memories at CHS, and many entries have already been received.

Anyone who would like to submit writings for the book can submit them to Public Information Officer Calen McKinney at

All submissions are due by Friday, March 31.

Davis said Fraim was a mentor and friend to her - and also a good customer.

"Patricia Cornwell was her favorite," she said. "She would come in looking for the newest book, so I had to make sure I had those."

Davis said Fraim has always been welcoming of new employees and students.

"And I think it's because her heart has more capacity to love people than anybody I've ever met in my life," Davis said.

Campbellsville Board of Education members thanked Fraim for her unwavering support of the District.

"You're the Eagle that gave me my inspiration and made me look for other avenues to be loyal to a District that deserves every ounce of loyalty that you have shown, and the pride that you have put in our hearts for our school district," Hall said.

"Because it is family, and you are the one who has made it family."

Mitch Overstreet, vice chair, said he remembers offering Fraim a ride sometimes to the grocery store. She never accepted, he said, and always said she was fine.

He said he received a card for his last birthday from Fraim. Being out of school for 37 years, he said, it's touching to know that she remembers his special day.

Board member Angie Johnson said students today all need mentors.

"I was so happy to know that my kids, to this day, think of you as the wonderful person at school they could always go to. They just loved you."

Board member Suzanne Wilson said she is so glad Fraim can be honored while she's still living.

"So you could be here to see and hear everybody's comments about you, and what all you've meant to people," she said.

"There's nobody else that wears the purple and gold with any more pride than you do. You are a true Eagle and we love you. You've loved every student that ever walked the halls at [CHS]."

Wilson described Fraim as the most up-beat and full of life person she has ever met.

Board member Barkley Taylor said Fraim once came into the emergency room while she was working.

"Whatever she asks for, let's make sure she gets it," she said she told her co-workers.

Taylor thanked Fraim for always asking about her family, and showing that she loves her.

Others in the audience referred to Fraim as the heart and soul of CHS, and say they treasure their friendship with her.

Fraim was married to the late Paul Fraim, and has a son, Alan Arvin Pike, who lives in Radcliff.

Pike attended the ceremony, and thanked those in attendance for honoring his mother.

"I never could skip school," he said. "She was always taking up the attendance."

Pike said his mother treated everyone the same.

"She saw no color, she saw no social status," he said. "Through her, I've met so many good people."

In beginning her remarks, Fraim recognized all CHS graduates, and thanked them for coming.

"I've got all you all," she said. "You are my friends."

Two special people in the audience, Fraim said, are crazy about antiques.

"And that's the reason Jonathan Kidwell and Chris Kidwell are so fond of me," she said.

"Pat Hall and I are on the same page when it comes to thinking - and knowing - positively that Campbellsville High School, Campbellsville Independent Schools, is the greatest. It is a distinguished educational establishment. A wonderful school of learning."

She said she was always told that it's not bragging if you know it's the truth.

"I always felt that I belonged here. Conceived in 1939, and born in 1966," she said. "Tonight verifies that I will never be forgotten because there is a huge group of CHS students from the years of 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and into the 2000s that knows Mrs. Pike always cared."

Fraim thanked all of those who were involved in planning the dedication.

"I feel so blessed," she said. "And what an honor it is to have this presented to me. I am thrilled. I am tickled to death. And I'm so happy you all did it while I was still here to smell the roses.

"There will always be a Campbellsville city school," Mrs. Fraim said.

During a meeting years ago, when merger was being discussed, Fraim said two students spoke about why there should always be Campbellsville Independent Schools, and there wasn't a dry eye in the house.

"There will always be a purple and gold," Fraim said. "I'm kind of fond of it myself."

While her days of wearing high heels and walking to the post office are long gone, Fraim said, some things will never change.

"As long as the sun rises in the morning, I will always be a Campbellsville High School Eagle."

Fraim thanked those attending the ceremony for creating another entry in her CHS memory book.

CHS Principal Kirby Smith, who worked with Fraim, gave the benediction.

"Thank you for showing us the way," Smith said.

He thanked God for bringing Fraim to CHS and asked that administrators, teachers and students always strive to be like her.

"And stay true to the purple and gold," he said.

After the ceremony, Fraim looked at the entrance to the library, which now bears the name "Anne Fraim Media Center."

"I am so blessed," she said, with her signature smile, and walked down the hallway. - Calen McKinney

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Ann Fraim with Board of Education members

2017-03-14 - Campbellsville High School, 230 W Main, Campbellsville, KY - Photo by Calen McKinney, Public Information Officer, Campbellsville Independent Schools (CIS).
Former CHS employee Anne Fraim, seated takes a photo with Campbellsville Board of Education members at the dedication of the Anne Fraim Media Center. From left, back, are Board members Suzanne Wilson and Barkley Taylor, Vice Chair Mitch Overstreet, Board member Angie Johnson, Superintendent Mike Deaton and Board Chair Pat Hall. - Calen McKinney

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