They paid tribute to a kindergarten teacher lost far too soon to a devastating disease.
Her school memorialized her on Friday in a special ceremony.
Your first teacher helps shape your life. Many students at Mineral Wells Elementary School will have lasting memories of their kindergarten teacher Rebecca Mangus.
"She was very kind and caring, she always loved us no matter what,” says Hunter, a fourth-grader at the school.
Rebecca lost her battle with breast cancer in winter 2013 at only 38-years-old.
"Rebecca was a dearly loved teacher here at Mineral Wells Elementary School and she fought the fight with cancer for quite a few years,” says school interventionist Tammy Parker.
She made an impression on Melissa, a Mineral Wells first-grader.
"She was really nice; she taught, she teached me a lot,” the girl says.
The whole world is open to everyone Rebecca taught.
"She left behind a legacy for them to aspire to be all they could be, to be the best person they possibly could be and to strive to always be and do their best,” Parker says.
Current and former students genuinely feel Rebecca's loss, so the whole school planted a tree in her honor and pink balloons were released into the sky.
Parker says that with her passing the school wanted to establish some sort of a memorial or remembrance of her.
Hunter misses Rebecca and will take with him a lot of what she taught him since she's not here anymore.
"She always taught us to go forward in our dreams and always follow,” he says.
The students say they will always remember Rebecca and keep her close to their hearts.
They'll watch her tree grow over the years and think of her.
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