Friends and colleagues of retired Persell Middle School teacher, Karen Harp Czysz, recently gathered to plant a tree in her memory outside of her former classroom. Mrs. Czysz was an esteemed one-of-a-kind friend and teacher who taught thirty-one years in the Jamestown Schools and seventeen years at Persell Middle School. She passed away in April.
The tree planting was facilitated with the help of Jamestown City Arborist Dan Stone and Forestry Consultant Bruce E. Robinson. The tree is a unique species in the City of Jamestown named Stewartia pseudo-camellia and will flower in white blossoms.
“What I remember most about Karen is her passion – passion for her students and passion about life,” said Persell Middle School Principal Phil Cammarata. “She loved Persell Middle School and the people in it. Karen was a great women and it is a tremendous loss for our community but this tree will provide a beautiful memory of Karen for years to come.”