Greenfield High School receives $172K from former teacher

  • The south side of the new wing of the Greenfield High School. Recorder/Paul Franz PAUL FRANZ

Recorder Staff
Published: 3/8/2017 11:33:58 PM

GREENFIELD — A former longtime math teacher at Greenfield High School has posthumously donated $172,000 to the school’s math department.

George Jonelunas, a longtime Greenfield resident, died in 2013 at the age of 85. His estate allotted donations to the various education institutions he was a part of over his career, including the high school. Now that the estate is settled for his family, schools are receiving this money.

Mayor William Martin announced the donation at a public hearing Tuesday night to the School Committee and parents and staff in the audience.

“This is a fabulous act of philanthropy for the school department,” said Susan Hollins, a member of the School Committee and former superintendent. “Anyone who thinks that highly of the school department and education here is A-plus in my book.”

The School Committee will now sort the donation to the appropriate place so that the math department at the high school uses it. The committee will likely establish a scholarship fund in the name of Jonelunas.

Martin called Jonelunas a “wonderful man” who was “student-focused and loved his math.”

Jonelunas taught at Greenfield High School for 31 years.

His 2013 obituary requested for memorial donations to go to the math department at the high school or the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society.

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