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First grade students remember Jonathan Beegle
Students in Shawna Greene's 1st grade class recently worked to spruce up the school memorial garden for Jonathan Beegle. Jonathan was a student in Mrs. Greene's class last school year and was killed in a car accident one morning while waiting to get on the bus. At the end of the year last year, teachers worked together to plant flowers in the school's courtyard in memory of Jonathan. This year Mrs. Greene's class removed dead plants and replanted new ones. When thinking about Jonathan, Mrs. Greene said, "Jonathan was a special little boy. I want to keep the memory of him alive. I felt like this was one way to do that in which my students could help. They were excited about the project and did a wonderful job."
Students helped pull weeds, take out old flowers, and dig holes for the new flowers to be planted. Once the plants were put in the holes by Mrs. Greene, students also helped to fill the hole back in. While working, Ashton, a first grade student, was asked about the project. He said, "We planted flowers for Jonathan. He was in this class last year". Keniston, another first grade student, was asked why it was important to take the time to do this. She said, "Jonathan died and we need to remember him in our hearts and minds". Mrs. Greene would like to have the students continue to maintain the garden throughout the school year as a tribute to Jonathan.
Written by: Shawna Greene, First Grade Teacher
Posted: Oct 06, 2010 by Jennifer Williams