Jean Sorensen, a long time Wakefield resident and strong community advocate, recently passed away. In recognition of her contributions to advance Wakefield Public Schools, friends and family would like to name a tree in her honor at the new Galvin Middle School. The tree will be placed in the new court yard which will be used as an outdoor learning space. The cost of the tree is $2,500, which includes the tree, installation, commemorative plaque, and ongoing maintenance. Given the expense, I am asking for your donation to let Jean’s spirit live on at the new Galvin.
More about Jean…
Jean did not have children in the Wakefield schools and was not a lifetime Wakefield resident, but she worked tirelessly as co-chair of the Galvanize Wakefield Committee. That effort energized voters in the cause of better public education for our children, and ensured that future generations of Wakefield students will attend a beautiful, state of the art school.
Moreover, she served on the school district Technology Council and shared her passion for education technology with the council. Jean was always on the lookout for ways to move our schools forward with technology. More broadly, she demonstrated the idea that passion and commitment for a cause does not have to derive from self-interest--it can come simply because you care about the future of your community.
Jean was recently appointed to the Event Planning Committee (EPC) where her contributions and impacts were felt immediately. She helped a great deal with communications, social media, and volunteering countless hours at planning meetings and events. Her work with the EPC was reflective of the value she placed on a connected, engaged, and vibrant community.
Jean was dedicated to helping Wakefield and its schools, and she freely shared her gifts and talents in her committee work and in ensuring that the new middle school became a reality. Jean, unfortunately, will not be able to see the delight on students’ faces this September when the new Galvin opens – one of her many significant legacies. Therefore, for all of us in Wakefield who were lucky enough to know Jean, let us pay tribute to her. Please consider making a donation in Jean's honor today.