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Reading corner and mosaics honor Cassandra Cline

ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Cassandra Cline’s legacy, continues to live on, just over a year after she was killed by an alligator.

She is now being honored with beautiful mosaics and a reading corner in the library of the George F. Johnson Elementary School.

“It’s beautiful in that there are several pieces, you have a piece on the wall, and then there’s also a piece on the lower shelf with a little girl reading to a dog. It’s just a nice cozy place for children to sit and read and unwind,” said principal Johanna Hickey.

The mosaics were created by Jablon Studios, but were made possible with the help of students.

“Every single student in the school during art class right at the end of the year, helped to build the mosaic. They helped to create some of the ideas, they helped to place some of the mosaic tiles. So they learned, they learned this process as we also created these beautiful pieces,” said Hickey.

Hickey says it was a long process of design and creation, but it’s also helping the process of healing.

“Watching all the pieces come together, figuratively, and in terms of building the mosaic, and then the reality of the finished product,” she said. “Just really trying to look for ways to build out of this horrible thing that happened.”

The corner is meant to embody what Cline loved.

“A corner in the library for children to read, because Cassie loved reading, she loved imparting that on her students,” said Hickey.

And it’s all for some of the people Cline loved most.

“She cared about her students, that was her passion, she really loved children,” said Hickey. “At the end of the day this will be a wonderful day for children to sit and read and unwind, and that’s what Mrs. Cline would have wanted.”

There’s a dedication ceremony taking place for the reading corner Friday night.

“We just want people to come in and really see what it’s going to look like, and just sort of the culmination of a lot of work and healing, and see the end the result which is really going to be nice,” said Hickey.

People are encouraged to come and bring books with them to donate.

“We would love that to build the library. We have some books that have been already donated, we have books from Cassie’s personal collection, so really looking to make a nice large collection and to have it continue to grow,” said Hickey.

The dedication ceremony at the school library starts at 6 p.m.

Annie Flaherty

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