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Celebrating 40 Years at Nashoba Brooks with Merry Long

On Tuesday, June 4, members of the Nashoba Brooks community came to campus In celebration of Merry Long and her 40 years at Nashoba Brooks School. It was a pleasure to welcome back many familiar faces, past and present, which included current and past parents, alumni, employees, friends, and family.
It is a rare and special occasion when a school gets to celebrate 40 years of devotion and service. One cannot begin to count the contributions or measure how lives have been changed by Merry Long. From the classrooms in Kindergarten, Preschool, and Grade 1 science to the library, admission office, and summer programs, Merry has brought together so many rich experiences that became fond memories as well as important life lessons for so many.

To officially begin the celebration, joined by a group of Lower School students, music teacher Paul Benzaquin led the audience in song as everyone sang and reflected upon Merry. Head of School Danielle Heard expressed gratitude and appreciation for the extraordinary person, friend, teacher, colleague, and mentor that we have all found in Merry Long. Merry, no words do you justice.

Danielle announced that, as a small token of our appreciation for Merry’s important and lasting work, we will be dedicating the new community garden which will be established as part of our upcoming building project to her. The garden will serve as a celebration of Merry’s exceptional work through the integration of nature into students’ learning, active exploration, and the deep and powerful understanding that can come with learning that emerges and develops through patience, time, and growth.

Employees concluded with a live Wordle tribute to Merry, where they held up signs they made, with each sign reading a word they associated with Merry: caring, warm, loving, life-changing, hero, selfless, inspiration, attentive, and many others.

Merry Long will be dearly missed. In the words of Danielle Heard, “Her impacts on our community have been many, positive, meaningful, and enduring. We are deeply grateful for her contributions to Nashoba Brooks School.”

We were delighted that so many members of the community could join us for this special occasion and would like to thank Merry for everything she has given to the Nashoba Brooks School community.
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Nashoba Brooks School is a coed Lower School from Preschool to Grade 3 and an all-girls Middle School from Grades 4 to 8 located in Concord, Massachussetts.