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Passing along a very touching e-mail from one of our morning show listeners.:
I am a teacher at North Salem High School. In March, I found out I was going to be working as a long-term substitute for a teacher who was pregnant and going on maternity leave immediately after spring break. The teacher, Emily Iott Campbell was a friend of mine. I was going to meet her after school on March 22nd to discuss classes, lesson plans, and the calendar until the end of the year. On her way to school that day, she died in a car accident on Highway 22 near Independence. Needless to say, her students, fellow teachers, and the community were shocked and saddened by the tragic death of her and her unborn child, which was to be named Isabella.
I began the teaching assignment on April 2. One of Emily's classes was a senior AVID class, a class she had mentored and taught since the students were freshmen. They took the loss particularly hard. Emily was very close to each one of these students. I felt it was important to do something significant to honor her memory and together we came up with a plan of action. A scholarship fund had been set up following her death and we decided to raise money to contribute to the fund. Her husband visited the class and together we decided to make a commemorative quilt. Emily loved to quilt and had many yards of fabric which were donated for this project. Each student in the AVID class has worked on a block and Nichole Hagel, Emily's friend and a teacher at North and Estella Davidson, the libary media assistant, agreed to help students cut and sew their blocks. We planned to raffle off the quilt, but Emily's husband decided to purchase it for $1000. It will be presented to him on Friday night at North Salem's Graduation.
I am a loyal listener and listen to K103 each morning on my commute from Gladstone. I actually heard about the accident on your station as I was on my way to another teaching assignment. We have set up a group on Facebook, Emily and Isabella Campbell Memorial Quilt. (Click here for the link)
I wish you would mention this on the radio. The quilt is beautiful and the AVID students are such good kids. I'm sure Emily is smiling down on them as they graduate and finish the year strong. Also, if anyone wanted to contribute to the scholarship fund, they could send money to North Salem High School, 765 14th Street NE, Salem, OR 97301.
North Salem High School