Lynnea Godfriaux honored for work at middle school
Lynnea Godfriaux started out as a volunteer and stayed on as a full-time music tutor at East Grand Middle School in Granby. At the Awards and Continuation Day on Thursday, June 11, Principal Jenny Rothboeck called Lynnea up to the podium to honor her past two years of work at the school.
“She is here because she cares about the students, recognizes their musical potential and wants to help them realize that potential,” Ms. Rothboeck said.
Lynnea has tutored dozens of students, written original arrangements and compositions to feature and inspire them, and has worked tirelessly, along with East Grand Schools Music Director Brad Pregeant, to help ensure that the school’s music departments will continue to flourish. Pregeant said he knew about the honor coming and it was hard for him to keep quiet about it beforehand.
“Lynnea was very surprised and moved to receive this recognition,” he said.
She said that she saw the need for special music instruction and dove in to help. She was also moved by the card created by flute student Emily DePlata with student signatures presented to her at the ceremony.
“I wanted to help without straining the school’s budget,” Lynnea said. “Some kids have told me that they like school because of music class. It’s remarkable how elective and extracurricular classes help students feel connected and inspire them to stay in school, giving them self-esteem and inspiration that augments their performance in core classes. Music and the arts have helped me personally in unfathomable ways, and I love passing along these opportunities to the children.”
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