Support naming the new Clarksburg middle school for Mrs. Hallie Wells

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The Montgomery County Board of Education (BOE) has proposed four names for the new middle school in Clarksburg.  Three of them are former members of the BOE and the other was the principal of Wootton High School in Rockville.

As an alternative, we ask for your support in naming the new school for Mrs. Hallie Wells.

Hallie and her husband Ovid Hazen Wells retired from the federal government and moved to Clarksburg in the 1950s.  They were farmers and eventually accumulated 290 acres of farmland on the northern end of Skylark Road.  In 1981 Hallie donated this property to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). 

Hallie and Ovid died childless and wanted a place for kids to play and to protect their agricultural heritage.  This land is now named Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park, and houses ballfields, playgrounds, picnic shelters, walking trails, and open spaces. It also supports a farm that provides job opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. 

In spite of having 20 siblings who could have benefited from the property, Ovid and Hallie Wells decided to donate the property to benefit children.  Part of their gift was a stipulation that the historic 1915 Herschell-Spillman carousel, once operating at the Smithsonian and currently at Wheaton Regional Park, have its final location in Clarksburg at Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park "when there are sufficient number of park users."

After 35 years Clarksburg continues to wait for M-NCPPC to fulfill the conditions of the deed.

The new school is located less than a mile from the park that bears only her husband’s name. 

Honor the memory of Hallie Wells by naming the new school after a member of the community. 

Teach our kids the lessons of charity, selflessness, and generosity.  Celebrate her legacy and the dedication she had to our community, the environment, and our children.

Let the BOE hear your voice by supporting Hallie Wells Middle School.


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