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Sallas Mahone dedicates classroom to fallen hero

By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A new outdoor classroom at Sallas Mahone Elementary School is also a tribute to local hero.

On Friday, the school opened the Scott Craven Café.

Craven was an airman stationed at Moody Air Force Base who dedicate a great deal of his time to mentoring students.  He was killed in a car accident in February of 2006.

Craven's family traveled all the way from Pennsylvania to attend the ceremony.

"It gives us comfort and peace to really see the impact that he's done," says Craven's sister, Julie Haralambous.  "It still keeps the hope and joy alive in our hearts to see the mentors still being involved with the program."

His father, Robert Craven, says, "He had a special love for children, and you can see it in any photo you see of Scott with a child. You can see the eyes lighting up even more than the smile, and that was really significant."

Besides being used as a classroom, the Scott Craven Café will also serve as a place for mentors to visit and eat lunch with students.

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