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Foxboro High to Provide Transportation for Students to Funeral of Sam Berns

With a large portion of Foxboro High School expected to attend the funeral of Sam Berns Tuesday morning, busses for students who want to attend the funeral will be provided by the high school according to superintendent Debra Spinelli. 

“Sam was a beloved member of our school community. Witty, brilliant, loving, and kind, Sam served as a powerful role model for us all. He taught us that living a happy life is a mindset that each of us can choose, willfully and joyfully – just as Sam did. Sam lived an extraordinary life while at the same time he lived the ordinary life of a Foxborough High School teenager. His impact on the world will be felt for decades to come,” Spinelli said.

Nine to ten busses will be used to transport the students to Temple Israel in Sharon for the funeral and back to school. A permission slip signed by a parent or guardian will be required to ride the bus.

As of Monday morning about half of the high school student population was expected to use the busses.

In the wake of the passing of Berns, Foxboro High School was open over the weekend for any students to grieve and talk. Counselors and staff will be available for students during the week.

On Monday morning, first period was extended to allow for students to talk. The rest of the day will operate on a normal schedule. 

Two athletics contests, indoor track and field vs. Oliver Ames and hockey vs. Norton, have been postponed out of respect for Berns.

“It’s a tough day, it’s hard day. We're getting through it. It’s a good community that supports each other,” Spinelli said.

While no further memorials or tributes are planned at this time, Spinelli said the students are discussing ways to remember Berns and the impact he left on the community.


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