On February 17th, Deer Park School District, and all of Deer Park, lost a special colleague and friend. Bonnie Remington (Bantis) succumbed to cancer just 5 short months after her diagnosis. Bonnie was truly one of a kind and she will deeply missed.
In 1995, Bonnie was hired to be the principal at Arcadia Elementary. For 21 years, Bonnie served children and families in Deer Park through her enthusiastic leadership at Arcadia Elementary, and more recently at Deer Park Elementary. Just this year, Bonnie had taken on a new role at the district office as a Student Support Coordinator. Always one to encourage, build up, and offer support, Bonnie was a school leader who played a meaningful role in the lives of an entire generation of Deer Park kids! It would seem that her infectious energy and her quick, willing smiles and warm, sincere hugs brightened as many days as has the sun.
On a daily basis, Bonnie demonstrated that at the heart of an educator’s work are the relationships we build. She was committed to connecting with kids, with families, and with her colleagues. Bonnie had a gift for making others feel special and she treated everyone she encountered like an old friend – kids and adults alike felt a sense of warmth and belonging when they were around her. Bonnie always seemed happiest when she was making others smile and laugh! While so many students, parents, and staff members hold tightly to their own special memories of Bonnie, it’s clear that she will be remembered as an ambassador of joy, sharing her humor, her love, and even a song with anyone and everyone she encountered.
In the same way that Bonnie became so special to Deer Park, Deer Park had become a special place to Bonnie; she developed many close friendships in the community and created, as she described it, “truckloads of wonderful memories.” There’s no doubt we will mourn the loss of our colleague and friend for quite some time, but it was Bonnie’s desire that we celebrate her life in an uplifting and joyous manner right here in Deer Park.
Please consider this your invitation to join Bonnie’s family and all of her friends at a Celebration of Life ceremony on Saturday, March 4th, in the Deer Park High School gymnasium at 3:00pm. Of course, everyone who knew Bonnie knows that she loved kids, she loved to laugh, and SHE LOVED PINK! So, please feel free to wear some pink as we gather on the 4th of March to joyously share our love and appreciation as well as our fond memories of Deer Park’s cherished friend.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that gifts be directed to the Bonnie Remington Memorial Scholarship, set up through Deer Park Dollars for Scholars, an affiliate of the National Scholarship America Program. In a ceremony held annually in May at Deer Park High School, students are presented with with various post-secondary scholarships (funded by generous Deer Park donors) that benefit deserving Deer Park High School seniors.
There are two ways you can contribute: If you are planning to attend the Celebration of Life ceremony on March 4th, there will be a table set up at Deer Park High School to accept scholarship contributions. If you are unable to attend, or find it more convenient to contribute from a computer, please use the following link to contribute to the scholarship* (please see note below) – Deer Park Dollars for Scholars: Bonnie Remington Memorial Scholarship
*NOTE: In order to ensure that your contribution goes to the Bonnie Remington Memorial Scholarship, be sure to fill in the field at the bottom of the contribution page that says, “Specify a Scholarship Fund” – ideally, you should type in Bonnie Remington Memorial Scholarship, but something as simple as “Bonnie” will do. Thanks so much!