Keyton Marrotte’s legacy lives on through donation

  • Keyton Marrotte Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, March 07, 2018 6:12PM

A donation of $500 worth of soccer balls and new sneakers has been made to Jaffrey Grade School and Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School in memory of a former Jaffrey student who passed away in December.

Several pairs of new Nike sneakers and 60 new Nike soccer balls were dropped off at Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School this week, according to school nurse Heather Boyd.

The equipment was donated in honor of Keyton Marrotte, who was killed in a sledding accident near his home in Winchester on Dec. 16. Marrotte had moved from Jaffrey a few months prior to the accident.

“It’s definitely special for me – Keyton was in one of my daughter’s classes – but its even more meaningful because he was a former student,” said Boyd. “It’s a really neat thing.”

The equipment was purchased by Reality Check CEO Mary Drew, who said Marrotte’s father Kirk reached out to her after over $500 was raised during a remembrance and celebration of life gathering. 

“Thank you to the family and friends of Keyton ​Marrotte for transforming the tragedy of his death into something positive for his classmates and students throughout the Jaffrey-Rindge School District,” said Drew. “[The equipment] will be put to good use and [is] greatly appreciated.”

Boyd said the plan for the soccer balls is to have some used for recess, some for teachers who do an indoor soccer program, with the rest going to PE class. 

A box of balls will also be dropped off at Jaffrey Grade School. 

“It’s always wonderful to have someone think about us when making a donation,” said Jaffrey Grade School Principal Susan Shaw-Sarles.