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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • West Side creates human rainbow

  • Instead of jumping all over Melinda Wolf when she returned from cranial cancer surgery at The Mayo Clinic the students and staff of West Side Primary School created a human rainbow greeting card.
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  • You can tell when a teacher is really special.
    The people around them notice.
    When they are gone they are missed, when they return, people do things.
    Sort of like the things glad puppy dogs do when you return home. In this case it was on a slightly larger scale.
    Instead of jumping all over Melinda Wolf when she returned from cranial cancer surgery at The Mayo Clinic the students and staff of West Side Primary School created a human rainbow greeting card.
    They wore different colored shirts and posed on the lot behind the school. The rainbow effect was quite noticeable and touched the heart of Wolf who said, “West Side is like my family. Since I was diagnosed Feb. 16 they have been with me.”
    Feb. 7 Wolf was supposed to travel to Chicago for a conference. Instead she ended up in the emergency room and had a computerized axial tomography scan. She was immediately referred to Mayo in Rochester, Minn. On March 17 and March 18 she was under observation and on March 21 she was operated on. March 29 she ended her first series of chemo and radiation.
    She returned to Westside to teach until her next stage of treatment, an experimental vaccine regimen that begins on June 5.
    “Each morning I say this prayer, ‘God wrap your arms around me. There is nothing we cannot do together.’”
    Wolf has been a reading specialist for 22 years.
    “I told the people at Mayo, ‘My students need me and I need them, help me get back soon,’” she said.
    Wolf said she loves teaching and the people with whom she works.
    A colleague put it well.
    Mary Dixon said, “We wanted to say ‘Welcome Back.’”

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