Tree planted at GMMS in memory of Jan Amidon

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By: Katherine Logee (GMMS student)
On Monday, June 6, the Granby Memorial Middle School Student Council held a ceremony to remember Mrs. Jan Amidon. They planted a beautiful Japanese Maple tree with a plaque in memory of her. At the ceremony, her husband, Mr. David Amidon, who was joined by their daughter and son-in-law Karen and George Papagelis, and grandchildren Ryan, Jeffrey, and Kayleigh, noted that Mrs. Amidon spent one third of her life working at GMMS. Mrs. Amidon was known for her dedication to the GMMS community as well as countless programs that support Granby students. In her 27 years as a teaching assistant at GMMS, she was active with numerous athletic programs, most recently basketball and cross-country, and she chaperoned over 20 eighth-grade class trips to Washington, D.C., and Boston.
Mrs. Amidon had a positive impact on many students and staff.  She will forever have a special place in our hearts. She was a mother to all, and she was always there to help no matter what you needed. She was a beloved member of the GMMS community, even to those who only knew her in passing. Students and staff who enjoy this beautiful tree as it grows roots outside GMMS will always think of Mrs. Amidon.