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Health Center Dedication

Thursday, October 31, 2019

On October 30, friends and members of Georganna El Heneidy’s extended family attended an all-school milkbreak and dedication of the High School Health Center to the beloved nurse who passed away tragically in January 2019.

During the assembly in the Ansara Athletic Center, Dean of Students Robb Genetelli recalled how Mrs. El made a lasting impression on colleagues and students and imbued the school with an enduring sense of love and peace. 

“She cared deeply for this community. We were part of her family. She incorporated us into her world,” he said. “Her joy and love of life was present in her. She had the extraordinary ability to make you feel you as if you were the only person on the planet who mattered.”

He urged students to be kind to one another in her honor and think of the legacy she has left behind. 

“It’s our job to make sure those who didn’t know her learn about her and her extraordinary compassion and love and her openness to everyone,” he said. “That’s how you keep someone’s memory alive.” 

Bittersweet Gathering

Family, friends, and members of the Landmark community then gathered outside the Health Center for the formal dedication of the El Heneidy Health Center and garden. The garden is adorned with purple flowers (Mrs. El’s favorite color), Landmark blue Adirondack chairs, and marble plaques, creating a welcoming space for students to congregate. 

Several members of her family told stories of her generosity, kindness, and love of life. Each mentioned that although Mrs. El and her husband never had children themselves, Georganna mothered hundreds of children at Landmark.

Mrs. El’s presence was felt throughout the morning—and she may have had something to do with the sun that broke out during the dedication after a morning of clouds and drizzle.

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