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Beloved teacher’s legacy lives on through 2nd ‘Mrs. Cline’s School Supply Drive’

(WBNG) — Almost a year after a beloved Union-Endicott teacher was killed by an alligator, the community is making sure her kind legacy lives on.

Cassandra “Sassie” Cline, a kindergarten teacher at George F. Johnson Elementary School was killed on August 20, 2018.

For the second year in a row the ‘Mrs.Cline’s School Supply Drive’ is being held in her honor to assist the students in the Union-Endicott School District.

Cline’s husband, sister and school principal say she was all about her students.

“She was just a wonderful teacher, she loved, she really loved her children, she loved every child she worked with,” said Principal at George F. Johnson Elementary School Johanna Hickey.

A big part of Cline’s love for her students was making sure every child had what they needed to succeed.

“She gave everything she had into that teaching job that she had and she bought the things and that’s what part of what this drive is about, what she did, taking it to the next level and making sure all the little ones have stuff that they need for school,” said husband Jim Cline.

“It’s just one less thing that they have to worry about as they start the school year or start as a new student,” continued Hickey.

She says the drive embodies Sassie’s immense generosity and sends positive energy into the community, a testimony to Cline.

Her family hopes the drive keeps her legacy alive for years to come, not only putting smiles on the face of children, but also Cline herself.

“We know she’s probably so super excited up there, looking down and seeing like what how it turned out last year and we’re hoping for the same this year.”

Supplies can be dropped off at Hair Studio Six in the Town of Union over the next two weeks to be distributed throughout the Union-Endicott School District.

Items requested for donation include: plastic/vinyl folders, #2 pencils, markers, tissues, glue sticks, crayons, colored pencils, Expo Dry Erase Markers and backpacks.

More information can be found here.

Julia Gorman

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