Wednesday, May 11, 2016 would have been Sherry Sargent’s 78th birthday. The beloved community leader, school volunteer, grandmother, mother and wife passed away last July, leaving a legacy of service and selflessness that continues to touch lives across the Cherry Creek School District.
On Sargent’s “first birthday in heaven,” Cherry Hills Village Elementary hosted a special event to celebrate her lasting impact on the school and dedicated a reading corner in her honor.
“This is a space that will be open to our various volunteers: parents, grandparents, retirees in the community and staff to work with groups of children,” said Principal Molly Drvenkar. “And in the ways of Sherry our goal is to listen, to achieve, to think and to care. She will continue to advance our mission here at Cherry Hills Village Elementary.”
Sargent’s husband, Dr. Frank Sargent, was on hand for the dedication, along with many of their children, grandchildren and friends from across the Cherry Creek Schools community. The Sargents’ four children attended Cherry Hills Village Elementary when the family first moved to Colorado from Ohio.
“Mom was an educator,” said Sargent’s oldest son Craig. “She knew education was important, but if you could teach kids to love learning – looking for opportunities to learn in every minute of every day – that was going to benefit them long after their formal education in the classroom. It would truly be lifelong learning.”
To that end, Sherry Sargent volunteered on many committees and worked for many worthwhile causes. She served on the PTCOs at Cherry Hills Village, West Middle School and Cherry Creek High School. She helped found the Parent Information Network (PIN), a districtwide organization that informs parents about current issues impacting youth. She was passionate about protecting the health and well-being of children through efforts including the 40 Developmental Assets, Red Ribbon Week and much more.
During the reading corner dedication, Drvenkar recalled meeting Sargent and her husband when she was a brand new principal at Belleview Elementary, where two of Sargent’s grandchildren attended school. Drvenkar said Sherry Sargent was always there, willing to listen, to lend a hand, to share an idea.
“Sherry’s ideas were different, they were inspiring and genuine,” Drvenkar said. “Her ideas were about how to be more inclusive, how to tap our retirees and bring them into the schools and connect them with our students ... to enhance the academic experience for our students.
“Sherry has had a tremendous influence on my life and career,” Drvenkar added. “It was her example that led the way for many parents and Cherry Creek professionals. She set the bar. Hers are big shoes to fill but if we all just try to be a bit more like Sherry, we will make this world a better place.”