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Fitting tribute to a fallen teacher

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The faculty and staff at Halifax County Middle School recently showed their support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink. Friends and family of the school’s late science teacher, Kim Bosiger, have created the Kim Bosiger Innovative Thinking Award, in her memory after she lost her battle with breast cancer. / November 14, 2013
When friends and family speak of Kim Bosiger, a science teacher at Halifax Middle School who lost her battle with breast cancer earlier this year, they remember a woman who loved life, her family, and teaching.

To honor that memory, the Kim Bosiger Innovative Thinking Scholarship has been created.

It is an annual award of $250 given to a Halifax County eighth grader, who demonstrates that same love of learning that Kim Bosiger shared each day with her students. The winning student, recommended by the teaching staff, will be creative, demonstrate an ability to think outside the box, have good attendance and be actively involved in their community.

Since Bosiger’s main interest was science — she was a chemist before becoming a science teacher — students’ creativity and enthusiasm for that subject will weigh heavily in determining the winner of each scholarship.

Faye Bruce, Bosiger’s principal at Halifax Middle School, was thrilled when she learned about the scholarship.

She sees it as a great way to memorialize a “dedicated teacher who loved school and her students.”

For that reason, hanging near the office is a picture of Bosiger’s teaching family, its members all wearing “Team Kim” t-shirts.

Friends see the scholarship as a fitting testament to a woman who friend and teaching colleague Kelly Long Weatherford called exciting and innovative. “She made science fun,” said Weatherford. “I remember her using bubbles and origami to teach students about sizes and shapes. She could deliver her instruction to any level of learning in a fun and exciting way.”

After Bosiger’s death, Weatherford says those who asked, “Are you going to do anything to honor Kim?” regularly approached her. It became clear to Bosiger’s friends and family that in her 16 years of teaching eighth grade science at Halifax Middle School, Bosiger was more than a teacher. She inspired.

The best way to keep her memory and enthusiasm alive was through the scholarship, they agreed.

Weatherford said their initial goal was $5,000. Already, the fund has received nearly half that amount.

Anyone is who are interested in making a contribution should make checks payable to the Kim Bosiger Innovative Thinking Scholarship and send it to Kelly Weatherford at 1008 Weatherford Drive, Halifax, VA 24558, or Tamara Neal at 1020 Greenway Lane, Halifax, VA 24558. Contributions also can be sent to Halifax County Middle School, attn: Sharon Long, 1011 Middle School Circle, South Boston, VA 24592.

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