The children and educators of Sarah Moore Greene Elementary in East Knoxville celebrated their namesake Friday morning.
The 102-year-old civil rights pioneer and longtime teacher died in August.
But the schools of Sarah Moore Greene Elementary prove her legacy goes far beyond her lifetime.
Jaiva Chandler says she knows her school is special. The fifth grader says she gets lots of opportunities to learn.
"I want to be a doctor," said Chandler. "I want to take care of my parents and family.
Fifth-grader Eliza Croom remembers the birthday parties the school would throw for Greene.
"We got to make presents, we got to make cards, and shake her hand," said Croom. "And she's very nice."
Croom also enjoys school. She loves being a part of the Safety Patrol. But she says she's learned what really counts.
"No matter what anyone thinks of you, you can do whatever you want to," said Croom.