Meridian Girl Raises Money in Memory of Teacher

Lillie Grace Langston, a third grader at Poplar Springs Elementary School took it upon herself to raise money in memory of her teacher, Rennee Watson, who died of cancer several months ago at the age of 52. Watson's children were on hand Wednesday as Lillie presented Anderson's Cancer Center with the donations she collected. Watson's daughter says she knows Lillie and isn't the least bit surprised by her efforts.

"I am really glad that a lot of people are still doing these things in honor of my Mom, even though she's been gone a few months... and still to this day, we get people asking what can I do to help," Erien Watson says.

"We'll have patients that'll be able to purchase medicine that they otherwise couldn't have afforded," Ginny Ruffin with Anderson Regional Hospital says. "They'll be able to have gas expense to come for treatment."

Langston raised the money by holding bake sales with her friends.

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  • by Becky Location: Meridian, MS on May 27, 2011 at 10:44 AM
    What a wonderful, simple, kind thing to do. Thank you, Lillie, for being a light in the darkness. Emma Goldman once said, "No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness, and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure."
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      by Anonymous on May 28, 2011 at 02:24 PM in reply to Becky
      Very well said and good job Lillie!
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