Laura's Library

Honoring Laura Mason
Laura Mason, 1963-2012

Independence students and staff welcomed back Principal Ambrose at an assembly on March 30, 2012. He had been away to care for his wife, Laura Mason. Ms. Mason was the media center director at Moon Valley High School. She fought with character and strength, but lost her battle to leukemia last month. Independence wanted to pay tribute to Mr. Ambrose's amazing wife and did so in a several ways.
  • Key Club presented Mr. Ambrose with a check for $600 to the American Cancer Society from their "Change for Laura" campaign.
  • Student Council created a painting for him as a reminder that he's part of this community.
  • Laura's Library was built to tempt readers. Laura's Library is a free book exchange for the entire campus. Gene Boeckel, parking lot attendant at Sunnyslope, built the rock and the Independence maintenance crew built the interior box. Ms. Mason's appreciation of reading lives on in this campus library.
  standing ovation

Standing Ovation at assembly on 3-30-12

Cancer check

Check for American Cancer Society from Key Club


T-shirt for Principal Ambrose


Picture from Student Council:
"With every step, you endure a bright new sunshine.
With every smile, you partake in a daily miracle.
With your every heartbeat, you keep on going.
Showing us you are truly an inspirational hero."


Laura's Library in IHS Mall with rock made by Gene Boeckel from Sunnyslope and boxes made by Independence maintenance


"Laura's Library
This book exchange is in honor of Laura Mason.  She was a well loved media center director at Moon Valley High School.  She impacted students there on a daily basis as she shared of love of reading with them.  Her impact here was strong as well.  Mr. Rob Ambrose, principal of Independence, was married to Laura.  Mr. Ambrose is someone who values books as well.  This rock stands as a tribute to Laura who fought her battle with leukemia with character and strength.  Although she passed in March of 2012, her legacy will remain a part of this school and this school district.  When you take a book or donate a book, you're remembering Laura.  She would want you to find joy, humor, suspense, excitement and comfort in books just as she did.  When you read these books, read for Laura.
Take a Book and Read."