WDC 4th-graders finish Jane Fiemeyer's book, 'The Life of Bobby Quinn'
Jane Fiemeyer continues to live in our hearts and in our minds here at Wadena-Deer Creek Schools.
Today, her mother, Jil, read a story started by her daughter, Jane, that was finished by Mr. Mehl's fourth-grade class. Jane lost her courageous battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 8 on Sept. 6, 2012, and left a profound impact on WDC and the community.
Back on April 29, Mr. Mehl and Jil Fiemeyer issued a challenge to the fourth-graders: to finish writing a book Jane started when she was in the hospital fighting Leukemia. Jane, who loved to write, began writing about "Bobby Quinn," a boy who was very shy. She wrote only the first chapter, entitled "Shy Guy." Here's what she wrote in a notebook:
"Bobby Quinn didn't have any friends. He was shy. He had been shy as long as he could remember. He was very shy when he was 3 years old.
His relatives came to the Quinn's house for Thanksgiving that year. Bobby ran into his bedroom and crawled under his bed. "Bobby, come out and say hello," his mother begged. Nobody could make him come out.
Bobby was very shy when he was 5. On the first day of Kindergarten, Bobby cried. He didn't want to his mother to leave ..."
The fourth-graders each wrote a chapter on Bobby Quinn's life, from Kindergarten to college to getting married and children. Some of the students drew pictures to accompany their writings.
"I am so proud of the students. The book, that Jane started and her awesome classmates finished, is filled with Jane's spirit and so many examples of what it means to be Jane-like,' " said Jil Fiemeyer.