Neel Foon was an incredible student and musician. Alongside his dedication and remarkable, positive attitude, he was a fantastic model to his peers; we will forever remember him fondly.
In light of his many diverse accomplishments, both academically and musically, we hope to carry on his influence to students at two schools he attended - Montessori Family School and Oakland School for the Arts. The funds accumulated in this account will be formed into scholarships that will directly fund private lessons and musical instruments for students in need at OSA and support art and music programs at MFS.
As we circle back through recordings and compositions, we are determined to keep Neel's memory alive through the music we create. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your contribution.
Neel played his beloved guitar much like he lived life: with full commitment and a wide-open heart. He was musical, he was loving, he was funny, and most of all he was authentic. Neel was a young person who occupied what can only be called ‘rare air’ because he was universally liked and loved by those that met him. Everyone found Neel to have an infectious warmth and conviviality that invited others in and welcomed them. He reached out to all comers and wanted everyone to know that gathered together, we were safe and we were going to have a nice time and please make room as others might join us later. He was generous with love to those around him, both those whom he already knew and to the friends he would soon make. This display of community was second only to his huge smile. Neel grinned without reservation, not one to hold back the expression of joy often found on his face. He grinned when all was going well and he grinned when he really wished things were going better! Even in the moments of challenge, Neel was gracious and giving. He laughed, he offered help, he worked hard, and he invited others to do the same.
Neel touched so many here at Montessori Family School over the years, starting with us at four years old, and graduating as an 8th-year alongside lifelong friends and classmates. Watching him blossom and mature, Neel’s presence and gift of so much personal generosity will be greatly missed by those of us who spent time alongside him on his journey. Sometimes shy, sometimes bold - always genuine - Neel was an incredible young man. He was fiercely loyal as a family member and a community member and his parents, Brad and Genie, remain an integral part of the MFS community. Neel grew up with us at Montessori Family School and we are all better for his presence.