Staff Photo: Jason Braverman Meadowcreek principal Tommy Welch welcomes golfers to the first annual Bob Jackson Memorial Golf Tournament on Thursday morning at Heritage Golf Links in Tucker. Jackson is the late principal of the school.
NORCROSS -- When then-Principal Bob Jackson hired Don Einolf as a social studies teacher at Meadowcreek High School four years ago, Jackson made it clear to Einolf that the high school workers "were more like a family than faculty."
Einolf and fellow faculty members of Meadowcreek gathered Thursday on the links in an effort to further the late Jackson's legacy.
The inaugural Bob Jackson Memorial Golf Tournament was held Thursday at Heritage Golf Club, an event that benefitted the Meadowcreek Cluster Foundation. Donations from the tournament will support programs serving students in the area.
Jackson, who passed away in August at the age of 51, led the school for five years, during which time he left a lasting impression on staff members like Einolf.
"When we lost Mr. Jackson, it was like we lost a family member," Einolf said. "He encompassed everything we wanted to do in moving forward as a school, and he loved the kids, and everything he did was for the kids."
Einolf said Jackson's motto was "rigor with nurture."
Added Einolf: "We wanted a way to continue that legacy by putting on an event like this. This was the first one, but we plan to do many of them in the future to ensure that his legacy lives on."
Hundreds of participants showed up to support the cause, scattering onto the green.
Prior to Thursday's event, colleagues, friends, and family of the Jackson have honored him already by donating more than $3,000 in support of the school.
Jackson died at the school in August as a result of a ruptured aortic dissection, according to the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner's Office. More than 400 students, teachers, friends and family showed up at the school days after his death to pay tribute to the late administrator.
For more information about the memorial fund or to donate, visit http://www.gcps-foundation.org/bob-jackson-memorial-fund-benefitting-meadowcreek-high-school.