‘Mak­erspace’ hon­ors late Coatesville teacher

The Our Jeni Mak­erspace will be used by Caln Ele­men­tary stu­dents to prob­lem solve and per­se­vere

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Caln Ele­men­tary School of­fi­cials an­nounced the open­ing of the Jeni Stan­ley Mak­erspace, in honor of a late teacher who im­pacted her stu­dents.

Coatesville Area School District of­fi­cials said Jeni Stan­ley made a strong im­pact on the lives of stu­dents she taught and she in­spired her stu­dents on a level be­yond ed­u­ca­tion, show­ing them that they can make an im­pact on oth­ers around the world. Stan­ley was di­ag­nosed with a rare dis­ease called neu­roen­docrine can­cer on Aug. 2, 2012 and she passed away on May 31, 2015.

Stan­ley’s sis­ter, Re­becca Joyner, and her fam­ily, be­gan the “Our Jeni Memo­rial Fund” to con­tinue to raise aware­ness and to con­tinue Jeni’s legacy of giv­ing back and sup­port­ing com­mu­ni­ties. Through the Our Jeni Memo­rial Fund, Re­becca Joyner, Becky Daugh­erty and Marisa Gehris, in ad­di­tion to many oth­ers, de­vel­oped a pro­posal to cre­ate a Mak­erspace at Caln Ele­men­tary School.

A Mak­erspace is a lo­ca­tion which teach­ers can uti­lize to en­gage stu­dents dur­ing the day through op­por­tu­ni­ties to take risks, ex­plore, imag­ine new pos­si­bil­i­ties, ex­press cre­ativ­ity and em­brace chal­lenges. The in­ten­tion of the Mak­erspace is to pro­vide stu­dents at Caln Ele­men­tary the op­por­tu­nity for cre­at­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tion in a space filled with STEAM (Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, Engi­neer­ing, Art, and Math­e­mat­ics) ac­tiv­i­ties.

“This Mak­erspace is in loving mem­ory of Jeni Stan­ley and it will be a space that will al­low stu­dents to prob­lem solve and per­se­vere, while pro­vid­ing stu­dents ac­cess to ex­cit­ing STEAM-re­lated projects and tasks,” Caln Prin­ci­pal Re­becca Richard­son said.

A rib­bon cut­ting of the “Our Jeni Mak­erspace” re­cently took place and some of her for­mer stu­dents and their fam­i­lies at­tended, in ad­di­tion to col­leagues and fam­ily of Jeni Stan­ley.

Coatesville Area Se­nior High School stu­dent Ju­lia Rose do­nated a paint­ing in mem­ory of Jeni Stan­ley to mount in the room. Rose painted the pic­ture be­cause she was a stu­dent of Stan­ley’s in fifth grade. She in­cor­po­rated Stan­ley’s fa­vorite colors and birds and she cre­ated a col­lab­o­ra­tion of some of Stan­ley’s fa­vorite things, in­clud­ing a song about three lit­tle birds. Rose, along with oth­ers in at­ten­dance, shared the im­pact that Stan­ley made on their lives. School of­fi­cials said it is one that will con­tinue to be shared through the Our Jeni Mak­erspace.

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Late Coatesville teacher Jeni Stan­ley’s sis­ter, Re­becca Joyner, and her fam­ily, be­gan the “Our Jeni Memo­rial Fund” to con­tinue to raise aware­ness of the can­cer and to con­tinue her legacy of giv­ing back and sup­port­ing com­mu­ni­ties. The Our Jeni Stan­ley Mak­erspace will be used at Caln Ele­men­tary School for stu­dents and to honor her mem­ory.

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Coatesville stu­dent Ju­lia Rose poses with her paint­ing in mem­ory of Caln Ele­men­tary teacher Jeni Stan­ley.

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