A tree and a bench. That’s how Fairfield Elementary plans to memorialize April Tinsley. It sounds simple but the symbolic nature of the memorial is what the school says will make April’s spirit last.
“Obviously trees bloom every year” said Linsay Amstutz-Martin, the Fairfield Elementary School Principal.”They grow bigger, and that’s something April didn’t get to do.”
Hoot landscaping donated the tree, and Polywood out of Syracuse donated the bench. The bench will be the positivity that Fairfield is looking for.
“The school wanted to offer a positive symbol for the community to remember April,” said Principal Amustutz-Martin. “And out in front of our school a bench that kids can go sit in, read in, sit by their friends in a safe place, just a positive reminder of April.”
The school plans to install the memorial on Friday, one week before April’s accused killer, John D. Miller, is scheduled to appear in court again to learn when his trial date will be. Miller could spend up to 100 years in prison if he is convicted on murder and felony child molestation charges.
Fairfield also plans to hold a candle light vigil for April Tinsley on Sunday.