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March 8, 2013

Donations made in Salem sisters' memory


“We are very excited,” Collyer said yesterday.

The new system, which cost $4,485, will make it much easier for choral students and other budding musicians to record their music, Collyer said. Now, they rely on a laptop computer and a set of plug-in speakers, which doesn’t work as well, she said.

As for the reading nook, it’s become a popular place for students and staff.

It features some of the sisters’ favorite books along with armchairs, ottomans and coffee tables. The wall is decorated with artwork created from photographs Samantha took in Italy and a musical score written by Cassandra and painted by a former Salem High student.

“There is always someone in that space,” Collyer said. “There are a lot of memories in that area.”

Collyer, a former math teacher who taught both women, said both were intelligent, popular students.

While receiving the donations sparked wonderful memories of the women, it was difficult, too, remembering how much potential each possessed, she said.

“Both were great students. Both girls had a lot friends,” Collyer said. “It was bittersweet accepting the donations.”

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