Legacy is both virtual and real

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

Janet Barnstable, a 76-year-old former Julian Middle School teacher and Golden Apple award winner, died in a fire at her Addison home on Jan. 23, but her legacy lives on through a group of fifth-grade students at Lincoln Elementary. 

Students there earned second place (good for a Silver Award) in the 2017-18 Global Virtual Classroom contest for their website, "You Are You." The students dedicated the prize-winning website to Barnstable.

At the time of her death, Barnstable was a program manager of the Global Virtual Classroom — a "free online educational program to promote communication, collaboration and understanding among students around the world," according to its website.

Along with a plaque, the students received a cash prize that they decided to donate to help more than 10 students in India attend school. The money will also help the students receive uniforms, backpacks and school supplies.

Email: michael@oakpark.com

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