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Greensboro Staff Pays Tribute to Beloved Singer Jimmy Buffett

The world lost an iconic musical artist earlier this month as longtime singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett died on Sept. 1. Among his many talents, Buffett had a penchant for writing books, which he shared with his eldest daughter, Savannah. Father and daughter partnered to write the book “The Jolly Mon” in 1988 when Savannah was 8 years old.
The book is loved by many at Greensboro Academy, which has outperformed the local district for 15 years, and many in the staff paid tribute to Buffett and his music after learning of his death. Below is an article written by Eighth Grade Language Arts Teacher Michael Emmert:
Jimmy Buffett passed away on September 1, 2023. As a tribute, Greensboro Academy celebrated his life on Tuesday, September 5 by wearing his trademarked look: island shirts. Among other things, Jimmy was a singer, composer, entertainer, actor, pilot, sailor, and author. One of his children’s books was “The Jolly Mon,” which is a tale of a magic guitar and the man who finds it.
Jimmy specialized in writing about misfits and shady characters, folks who did not quite fit in with conventional society. His writing helped children who feel left out to feel more included.
Jimmy believed in living each day to the fullest, and that zest for life is an example for us all. 
Jimmy and Savannah partnered for another children’s book in 1991 titled “Trouble Dolls.”

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