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A fitting tribute to a beloved counselor



Soraya Rivadeneira saw beauty everywhere.


One of the last things the Forest Elementary School guidance counselor had mentioned to her colleagues before she tragically passed away Aug. 25 in an automobile accident was her desire to see the school she loved made just a little more beautiful.


“She had asked me if we, as a staff, could spruce up the mulch area on our playground,” Forest Elementary School principal Paul Hohlbein said. “She wanted to know if we could pull the weeds, rake the mulch, that sort of thing.”


Following a full school day Wednesday afternoon, Rivadeneira’s friends at Forest gathered together to see her wish come to fruition. They brought their own tools and spent several hours pulling weeds, raking the mulch and making Rivadeneira’s vision a reality.


“We just wanted to do something special in her memory,” Hohlbein said. “She had said this was something she wanted to do and we wanted to make it happen for her.”

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