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School Paddle Found Inside Walls of Kennewick Home Returned to Teacher's Family

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KENNEWICK, WA. -- We have an update to a story about a school paddle from the 1960's that a Kennewick man found inside the walls of his home. 

During Thanksgiving this year, the Deymonaz's will be giving thanks for the return of a now treasured family heirloom.

To remind everyone, several weeks ago we talked to Rick Ferh who found this school paddle from 1968. At the bottom, it says "Teacher of the Year Award Winner Mr. Frank Deymonaz."

Good news is, the paddle has made it back into the Deymonaz family! Rick returned the paddle to Frank's daughter Carrie. Carrie didn't want to do a story with us unfortunately, but on the phone, she did tell me her father and mother lived in that same house for years, although she has no idea how the paddle ended up inside the wall. 

Regardless, Carrie said she's very grateful to have the paddle now. 

"Had they not found the paddle, I might not have thought about it ever again in my life," Carrie Deymonaz said. "It meant a lot to my dad, and that means a lot to me. He would be really tickled at this whole to do about it too. I'm serious, that would just cause a chuckle for days and days if not years."

Carrie says there's no way the paddle was used for corporal punishment. She said her dad was against the use of hack paddles in his classroom. 

She thinks 1968 was one of the last years her father was a teacher, so this may have been sort of like a thank you for being a great teacher. 
 

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