60 on 6: Remembering RandyWahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - Some of our greatest life lessons come from our time spent in a classroom with a memorable elementary teacher.
Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - Some of our greatest life lessons come from our time spent in a classroom with a memorable elementary teacher.
As we mark our 60th year on the air, we take a look back at unique stories that shaped the valley.
Our "60 on 6" focuses on a story we did back in 1987, when Wahpeton elementary students learned all about caring from a fellow classmate battling terminal cancer, and a teacher who never gave up hope.
Long before cell phones and email, Facebook, Snap Chat and vine, there was the 2nd grade class in Wahpeton; December of 1987.
With one of their own battling leukemia, the class would take a part of each day to write letters, record stories on a cassette recorder, make Christmas gifts and even stand in line to call him on a phone. At the time, he was hospitalized at the University of Minnesota.
Theresa Link- Randy’s Mom- 1987: “He's had such a positive attitude and the whole thing that has kept us on top of things. And with that attitude, you try for everything.”
This went on the entire year: Daily acts of kindness; their way of staying in contact with someone they knew and loved. When all attempts to stop the cancer failed, Randy came for a classroom visit.
“Randy is special to us and we are special to him.”
They all admired his courage through this all; and as he said good-bye, he left loved.
Julie Berg- Randy’s Teacher- 1988: “We have learned so much from Randy about caring and sharing and he has learned so much from us, too.”
Randy's teacher, Julie Berg, was behind this life-lesson. She was honored for her work, and went on to write a book still used by educators who are faced with similar situations. Her 7- and 8-year-old students then, today are 35 years old. As they prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with their own families, a good chance what they learned that year in 2nd grade, is not found in a book, but in the heart for good.
Randy died shortly after his party at school. He was just 7.
The book written in his honor is called, "Rainbows for Randy."