Dixon Elementary School students honored Angie Malett at the school's annual Cancer Walk on Friday, May 30.
Malett, a fifth grade teacher, died unexpectedly in April, after a battle with breast cancer.
"At the time, we didn't get to say goodbye, so we thought the walk could provide some peace," said Dixon Principal Jeanne Siegenthaler. "We used the day to celebrate Angie's life."
Fifth-graders honored Malett during a tree-planting ceremony before the Cancer Walk. A crabapple tree, donated by a former Dixon family, was planted in front of Malett's parking spot, and butterflies, provided by the Dixon PTO, were released into the sky.
All Dixon students, who had previously received pledge donations, then participated in the 45-minute walk around the school's playground. The students raised nearly $5,000 for After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, a Milwaukee-based organization dedicated to providing breast cancer support services to those diagnosed.
Malett's surviving husband and two children also attended the walk, Siegenthaler said.
"It was a great day," she said. "The weather was perfect, the sun was shining, there wasn't a cloud in the sky, and we knew it was a beautiful day because of Angie."
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