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Bangor cuts ribbon on outdoor center to honor beloved teacher
BANGOR, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The city of Bangor cuts the ribbon on a new outdoor center, dedicated to a beloved teacher who was killed in a tragic accident.
An outdoor center for the Behavioral Education Center in Bangor was unveiled just hours ago. It was built in memory of Frank Schaefer who worked at the center until he passed away last year.
Schaefer was killed in a freak accident after a tree branch fell on top of him.
"When Frank came here, he just fit, it was like a glove, just felt this was home," said Ann Marie Schaefer, Frank's Wife.
"He understood the kids and how they struggle cause he had the challenges learning when he was younger," said Schaefer.
"He had a special trait he always had a smile on his face," said Jeff Mills, Superintendent.
Now a new pavilion, basketball court and winding nature trail will put smiles on countless other faces.
A memorial Ann Marie Schaefer hopes will not only keep her husband's memory alive but impact emotionally impaired children he had a passion to teach.
"Whether its science in nature trail or sitting outside on afternoon, instead of looking out the window wishing they were out here," said Schaefer.
"Just unbelievable he could make them believe in themselves," said Shirley Rigozzi, Behavioral Ed. Center Teacher.
About $14,000 in donations and countless dollars later, it's a place friends and family hope children will benefit from and find joy in for generations.
If you would like to donate to the Schaefer memorial, you can call the school district office at (269) 427-6800.