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Six-year-old Kaitlyn Nelson takes a bite out of a cupcake at Forest Park Elementary School Tuesday. The entire student body was given cupcakes and punch by the family of John Hardman, a former custodian at the school, who died March 30. [Order this photo]
Students honor custodian

The students of Forest Park Elementary School thought very highly of former custodian John Hardman.

Hardman died March 30, but the students haven't forgotten him.

Just recently, the school's student council purchased a Weeping Cherry Tree in Hardman's honor. The tree was planted in the school's outdoor garden.

On Tuesday, the students honored Hardman's family by presenting them with a plaque in his honor.

Initially, the student council planned to use funds to purchase a plaque. However, a plaque was donated by Clay City Elementary School custodian Gary Pullum, who designs them.

The plaque will be placed in the school in remembrance of Hardman.

The plaque included a poem written by students in Jean Harris' fourth-grade class.

Hardman's brother and sister, Pat and Mary Hardman, were at the school Tuesday for the plaque presentation.

While there, they also delivered cupcakes and punch to the students, thanking them for honoring their brother.

"The staff and kids over here have just been fantastic," Pat Hardman said.

"My brother didn't have any children of his own," Mary added. "But guess what? He had a lot of children here. This is wonderful."

On Tuesday, the student body of Forest Park Elementary School dedicated a plaque in honor of former custodian John Hardman, who died March 30. Presenting the plaque to Mary and Pat Hardman (back, from left) were outgoing student council president (front, from left) Austin Cook and incoming student council president Andy Young. [Order this photo]
John Hardman was a custodian at the school for 25 years.

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