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Classroom at Cypress Grove Nature Park dedicated in honor of Sandy MacDiarmid


The classroom at cypress grove nature park is now dedicated to the memory of Sandy MacDiarmid who served the city of Jackson Parks and Rec for over thirty years. Constructing a classroom at the park was one of MacDiarmid's career-long goals.

Had she been here today she’d be excited about what kind of classes she could do, how many kids she could pull in here with science and nature. Then she’d be dragging them outside and showing them different kinds of plants,” her daughter Sheila MacDiarmid says.

MacDiarmid envisioned a place for research and education. Her dream come true in 2016 when the classroom was built, now that classroom is dedicated in her memory.

“She was a teacher at heart and spent her whole life teaching others to do good and to enjoy the outdoors,” says her son Aaron MacDiarmid.

Family members and coworkers shared memories of Sandy MacDiarmid as they honored her life and legacy

Ms. Sandy raised half of us in here,” says Mayor Conger.

He went on to share one of the things he appreciated most about MacDiarmid, “We all appreciated the sarcastic humor.”

Sandy would always bring her children with her to work. And instilled in them a love of nature and serving the community. They say they are proud of their mom's legacy and believe she would be proud to have the classroom named after her.

she would have loved this.”

“she would have loved this.”

“of course, very modestly.”

MacDiarmid always referred to Cypress Grove park as “her baby”. Now her legacy will always live on through the classroom at the park.

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