This week, our Student Council did something amazing.
All year, they sell Boo Grams and Santa Grams and Candy Grams and Aloha Grams and Who Knows What Else Grams. I never had a clue why they sold these grams. Ever. And they’ve been doing this FOR YEARS.
It turns out that they use the proceeds for community service. Last year, their focus was on the military. They have also worked with the elderly, food banks, etc. HOW COOL IS THAT?
This year, they decided that they wanted to use the money to plant a tree in memory of Jon Jon.
I know. I asked my teaching partner why I didn’t think of that. Why didn’t I think of that? I said. I mean, why? I can’t really remember all of the specifics of what she said, but she did make me feel better, and I’ve decided I can’t think of everything. At least not all the time.
Student Council bought an oak tree and it was planted with a stone plaque cemented into the ground right in front of it. The next day, they held a small ceremony after school. Jon’s family came.
The student council secretary said a few words and concluded by saying that the tree, the oak tree, would be a permanent reminder of Jon Jon’s courage and strength. A few girls sang a song, and our principal read a poem.
It was sweet, and sad, and hard, and good.
I am blessed and honored to have Jon’s tree right outside my classroom.