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Page 4B EDUCATION Hays Free Press January 13, 2016 + Community assists family of fallen Buda student BY PAIGE LAMBERT news@haysfreepress.com Eleanor Higdon will always be remembered as the unique eight-year-old who was just as vibrant as her red hair. Even a month after her passing, Higdon continues to leave a legacy and inspire those who knew her and heard of her. Eleanor Higdon, of Buda, passed away at Dell Chip dren's Medical Center on Dec. 12 after a tragic horse riding accident. Tim Robinson, Buda El- ementary School principal, said in many ways, Eleanor wasn't your typical eight- year-old. Since her mother Sarah Higdon is an art teacher at the school, El- eanor would spend after- noons playing around the campus. "I could tell many stories about how her crazy cowboy boots and socks would come flying off," Robinson said. "She's very close to all of us in the front office because we spent a lot of time with her." Higdon was at the school from pre-kindergarten to third grade. She loved being outdoors, sewing and being in the choir, he said. Robinson said she lived up to her red hair; Higdon told people what Eleanor Higdon she thought and was very authentic for a child. "Just thinking of the per- son she was and the life she led at even such a young age, I think her impact was just that," Robinson Higdon was said. "That it's at the school ok to be your- self no matter from pre- whatever that is." kindergarten Beyond her spunky to third attitude and grade. She authenticity, Higdon had loved being a mind that was always outdoors, whirling and sewing and creating. With an art being in the teacher for a mom and her c h o i r. father, Aaron Higdon, teaching STEM classes at Dahlstrom Middle School, Eleanor had a very unique home. "Lots of engineering and crafting going on at home so for a third grader I think she was well above average for a third grader as far as her skill set," Robinson said. "She was a very active girl." As a result of her making a mark on so many people, the whole community reached out and wanted to help, he said. Robinson talked with her parents and set up a fund to alleviate some of the medical bills. Roughly $7,750 was raised in a little over a week. He said the family only requested enough to take care of the main financial burden and plans to donate the rest to the hospital. "It's a tragic loss in of itself and that's bad enough and to come home and start getting medical bills on top of everything is not tim for anyone," Robinson said. "We figured that was one way we would help and relieve that burden." Eleanor's friends have also looked at ways to help and memorialize her. School employee Sylvia Coffey said a group of fifth graders plan to have a memorial garden finished by May. They plan to plant straw- berries, her favorite fruit, and some of her favorite flowers. "We are looking at mak- ing a xeriscape and waiting to see what is already planted there," said Coffe who is also coordinating the group. "We are also thinking of putting stepping stones that spell her name." Robinson said a mural or piece of art may be put in the garden later on. The school nurses and the garden club will maintain the memorial, but many of the fifth graders who were impacted by Higdon plan to come back and help, Coffey said. "The fact that these kids want to come back says a lot about Eleanor," she said. Publicize your engagements, weddings, anniversaries, new babies or birthdays to the Hays County community with an ad in the Hays Free Press. $105 ad includes text and photos. 512-268-7862 or business@haysfreepress.com sponsor and help Only Contact Tracy at tracy@haysfreepress.com. r~FInd Kid Scoop on Facebook 2015 by V'~J4 Whiling, Editor Jeff S~inkel, Graphics Vol. 32, No. 07 FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY M Black Inventors andScience Pioneers Touching Lives :,:: Have you ever ridden in an elevator, worn shoes, layed with a Super Soaker or used a microphone? Then your life has eeen touched by an African-American scientist. ~ lmp0rtant: i sl0 k atB 0ry M nthl a w00k-10ng 0eiebrati0n h:0nbr 0qual rights: : :::: pi0n00rg Frederick DOUg!aSS and brah Ltn00 Are you an eagle-eyed reader? Read the story below and circle the seven errors you find. Then rewrite the story correctly. Peanut Professor George Washington Carver was born a slave, but he grew up to be one of America's greatest scientist. He invented more than 300 products made from peanuts ! it was hard for a black child to get into school when Carver was young but. He never gave "up. He eventually finished skool and got a job as a teacher at a school in Alabama. INVENTOR CODE IIB=E [] =L ~-'l=G [] =N [] =H [] =0 M=I [] =s [] =J [] =T Find the two Jan Ernst Matzeliger He invented a machine that could quickly attach the top of a shoo to the sole. The machine made shoos ten times faster than by hand, making shoes more affordable. identical shoes. Mac Jemison Mae Jemison has always had big. Her big dreams took her into space! She is the first African-American female .In 1992, she flew aboard the space shuttle Endeavor. Mae loved and dancing as a child. In college she decided to medicine. After becoming a doctor, she went to Africa with the Peace Corps. When she retumed __, she decided to follow another dream--to be an astronaut. MICROPHONE AMERICAN AFRICAN B L COLLEGE SCIENCE H O HISTORY S P INVENT C K DREAMS I S FEMALE PEACE E B HONOR N T BLACK C G HAND E N SONG Find the words.in the puzzle. Then look for each word in this week's Kid Scoop stories and activities. TNEVNIAA NORKAYFC EACECRES DAHOIOMM LNLCRTAA OLAIESLE ENAHMIER STGOAHRD OHPORCIM Carver wanted to help poor farmers. He told them to grew peanuts. The farmers thought peanuts were weeds. Carver invited some farm to lunch. They had soup, mock chicken, creamed vegetables, bread, salad, ice cream, cookies and coffee. Imagines their surprise when Carver told them that everything was made with peanuts! AIR Standards Unk: Letter sequendng. Recognized identical words. Skim and scan reading. Recall spelling patterns. STEM Newsmakers Watch the newspaper for articles and pictures about important men and women in the world of science. Write a short paragraph about each. 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