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Fayetteville coach, teacher remembered for words of wisdom

Posted January 25

— Jim Pietrowski, who taught math and science at Max Abbott Middle School for three years, collapsed inside his classroom around 9:30 Tuesday morning during a class change.

The school has scheduled a celebration of his life on Thursday, January 26 at 6 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

Jarvis Higgins-Simmons and Bailey Morrison played football for the coach. They said he looked out for students beyond the classroom and athletic fields. Help many get through Hurricane Matthew.

"Coach Pie, he was more than just a coach and a teacher, he was more like a parental figure to kids," student Jarvis Higgins said.

Student Bailey Morrison not only remembers how funny Pietrowski was, but his life-changing words of wisdom.

"There was this boy on the football team. His house was flooded, and he needed flood and stuff, so Coach Pie brought him a couple of supplies of food and stuff to practice and gave it to him," student Jarvis Higgins-Simmons said.

"We have camo on our on shirts right here, and he told us 'see that camo you're wearing? It's because you're going into war.' That implied to me that when life gets tough, you have to grit your teeth and fight through," Morrison said.

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