A Eulogy to Stacey Daniel

I’m a couple of days late in pointing this out, but it’s still worth acknowledging even if many of you have already seen it.

Back on Tuesday, the AJC’s Maureen Downey wrote a beautiful report/reflection/eulogy about Renfroe teacher Stacey Daniel on her blog.  Ms. Downey and her son’s personal experiences with Ms. Daniel and very reflective of the reactions of many who knew and work with Ms. Daniel.  Here’s a small excerpt from the beginning of the post…

My 13-year-old twins differ on many things. My son’s favorite meal is a burger. My daughter prefers sushi. When my son rushes to the computer, he’s checking on the Falcons. When my daughter goes online, she’s checking Facebook He’s a math guy. She’s a language arts kid.

But there is one thing on which they agree: Stacey Daniel was their favorite teacher of all time at Renfroe Middle School in Decatur. And they were not alone in that. Hundreds of students in Decatur considered Ms. Daniel their most beloved teacher.

All the very best to Ms. Daniel’s family, friends and students during this extremely difficult time.

Memorial Service for Renfroe Teacher Stacey Daniel on Monday

City Schools of Decatur sent around this announcement yesterday evening…

“The Greatest Lesson I Learned from Ms. Stacey Daniel”

Please join the Decatur community as we remember beloved teacher, colleague and friend, Stacey Daniel, on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Decatur High School Gymnasium.

A program has been lovingly planned by current and former Renfroe Middle School faculty, students and families. Ms. Daniel’s principals, colleagues, and students will reflect on the greatest lessons they learned from Ms. Stacey Daniel. Her life will be celebrated through prose, poetry, music and dance.

A reception will follow in the foyer of the Theatre/Gymnasium.

In addition to the Decatur High School parking lots, attendees may park at Renfroe Middle School and the parking deck at Agnes Scott College (second floor and above).

Gifts of Memories

  • A Condolence Basket, created by local artist and CSD mother Janis Dunckel, will be in the foyer to collect sentiments from all who knew and loved Ms. Daniel.  Please write a note, a memory, or a life lesson you learned from Stacey Daniel to drop in the Condolence Basket.  The Basket will be presented to Ms. Daniel’s family on Monday, with the hope that reading sentiments from the Decatur community will bring comfort in the coming weeks.  Slips of paper and pens will be provided.
  • Cards, poems and letters for Ms. Daniel’s family will be collected in the lobby as well.  Please look for a special box to deposit a card or letter.
  • The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, please send donations to a fund honoring the memory of Stacey Daniel through the Decatur Education Foundation. The donations will be used to honor the legacy and life’s work of Ms. Daniel, and specific details will be determined in the coming weeks.

Checks may be made payable to: Decatur Education Foundation

  • 200 Nelson Ferry Road, Suite B
  • Decatur, Georgia 30030
  • Memo: Stacey Daniel Memorial

Or you may donate online at: http://decatureducationfoundation.org/

Follow the “Donate” link and type “Stacey Daniel Memorial” in the Comments or in Gift Designation text box.

City Schools of Decatur, and especially Renfroe Middle School, is so grateful for the outpouring of support and sympathy we have received from our community.  We hope you will join us on Monday as we remember Ms. Stacey Daniel together.

Renfroe Language Arts Teacher Stacey Daniel Passes Away

Very sad news out of Renfroe Middle School this morning.  We’ve been receiving emails all morning inquiring if we knew more.  CSD just sent out this note…

Renfroe Middle School received word early this morning that beloved teacher Stacey Daniel passed away. We do not have specific details regarding her passing at this time. Counselors and leaders from all of the City Schools of Decatur are at Renfroe and Decatur High School to support the teachers, staff and students dealing with the loss of their dear teacher, colleague and friend. We ask that you hold Ms. Daniel’s family, friends and colleagues in your heart during this time as well as current and former Renfroe Middle School students.

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