SCHOOLCHILDREN have dedicated a new outside classroom to their “adored” teaching assistant who lost her battle with cancer at the age of 54 earlier this year.
Before they broke up for half-term, 21 children from Monks Eleigh Primary School – one of the smallest schools in Suffolk – dedicated a classroom and gym trail to their late teacher Sally Higgins.
She had worked at the school for just under 15 years before her death in January and the school’s governors, staff, children and parents embarked on a fundraising project which has realised more than £16,000 in less than six months.
The new equipment was dedicated to Mrs Higgins on Thursday, and members of her family came to join the dedication ceremony.
A huge purple ribbon, which was Mrs Higgins’ favourite colour, was cut by pupil Zoe Morley as it was her sixth birthday.
Afterwards, the children held a party to say thanks to everyone who helped make the project a reality.
Merle Barbrook, chairman of the school governors, said: “Sally worked in school as much as her illness allowed and the children adored her.
“She had a real penchant for the most amazing wacky and vibrant tights – the strongest colours in the most amazing designs – and the children always loved to see what she was going to wear next.”
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