About 50 people gathered Friday afternoon outside the Cahokia school board office to honor longtime teacher Mary Hartrum, who died of cancer, with a balloon release. Before they released the 50 pink balloons, they observed a moment of silence, played a song that characterized Hartrum's life, and gave out gifts to her many grandchildren, whom she loved dearly. Here, people bow their heads during a moment of silence and as Patrice Harris (center) - who organized the event and taught for many years with Hartrum - holds up a phone as it plays the song in memory of Hartrum.
About 50 people gathered Friday afternoon outside the Cahokia school board office to honor longtime teacher Mary Hartrum, who died of cancer, with a balloon release. Before they released the 50 pink balloons, they observed a moment of silence, played a song that characterized Hartrum's life, and gave out gifts to her many grandchildren, whom she loved dearly. Here, people bow their heads during a moment of silence and as Patrice Harris (center) - who organized the event and taught for many years with Hartrum - holds up a phone as it plays the song in memory of Hartrum. Tim Vizer News-Democrat
About 50 people gathered Friday afternoon outside the Cahokia school board office to honor longtime teacher Mary Hartrum, who died of cancer, with a balloon release. Before they released the 50 pink balloons, they observed a moment of silence, played a song that characterized Hartrum's life, and gave out gifts to her many grandchildren, whom she loved dearly. Here, people bow their heads during a moment of silence and as Patrice Harris (center) - who organized the event and taught for many years with Hartrum - holds up a phone as it plays the song in memory of Hartrum. Tim Vizer News-Democrat

‘She would lift you up’: Balloon release honors deceased Cahokia teacher

May 23, 2015 07:03 AM

UPDATED May 23, 2015 11:31 PM

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