GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Caroline) – Students and staff at Beck Academy in Greenville County are going through this school year without one of their own.
Elizabeth Greer, 13, died in June of COVID-19.
It has been a difficult few months for those who have known and loved Elizabeth.
“She just had the most magnetic personality, she was kind and funny, and she loved to joke and laugh,” said Kelly O’Hara, speech therapist at Beck Academy.
Like many girls her age, Elizabeth loved food and singing.
But he also struggled with various health issues, from type 1 diabetes to stage 3 kidney failure, skeletal dysplasia, retinal dystrophy, and more.
“She had days, she had times when she just sat down. She just sat and watched for three hours and I know she wasn’t feeling well, but if someone came, she would get up instantly. and was going to make them smile, “said Natasha Greer, Elizabeth’s mother.
A student at Beck Academy for the last two years of her life, Elizabeth had a huge impact on her teachers and her teachers had a huge impact on her.
“They loved her with all of their hearts, she loved them with all of her heart,” Natasha explained.
After Elizabeth died over the summer, her family requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the college’s special education department.
“I went to see our amazing manager and I was okay I needed some help, let’s do something. And then she said that a few years ago she had been thinking about building an outdoor space for our kids because Beck has a large population that we have 4 contained special education classes, and that’s it. She barely took it out of her mouth and I’m like let’s do it, “Becky said Boyd, special education teacher.
The idea was therefore born to create an outdoor space in memory of Elizabeth, which they hope will include benches, a sensory space, play equipment, etc.
Some teachers are starting to fundraise for this project and will be holding their first fundraising event at Tipsy Taco on Woodruff Road from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on November 30.
A place that is special for these teachers, because this is where they would go out together at what Elizabeth called “dinners” every two months together.
“She couldn’t go out to eat Mexican all the time, so it was a big deal and she would tell you what she would eat,” Boyd said.
“She could have a cheese quesadilla, she could have 12 tortilla chips with salsa, rice and beans,” O’Hara added.
The dreamy outdoor space in memory of Elizabeth is estimated at approximately $ 60,000.
“We’re so happy to do this, but it’s also very difficult to have to do it,” said O’Hara.
To learn more about Elizabeth’s Eden, Click here.