HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) - Students and teachers at St. Peter School in Huber Heights hit the pavement Thursday to pay tribute to a longtime teacher who passed away from cancer.
"It's simply developing a set of moral values, which includes social awareness," said Father Earl Simone, pastor of St. Peter Parish.
A group of 600 students and teachers set aside the books and laced up their shoes in honor of Linda Momberger, a beloved kindergarten teacher whose life was cut short by cancer.
"It's one of the community projects the school does, and we have several which we do," stated Father Simone.
Mrs. Momberger taught at Saint Peter for more than 20 years. During her last year in the classroom, she had to give up her passion for teaching to devote her attention to battling ovarian cancer. After a lengthy fight, Mrs. Momberger died in August 2011, just before the school year was about to begin.
"It was such a loss," lamented Kelly Kadel, a kindergarten teacher who helped organize Thursday's walk. "Mrs. Momberger was such a positive person and we just really wanted to do something to not only honor her memory, but just thank her really."
Students banded together and raised nearly $4,000 for the second annual walk in her honor.
"We all kind of came up with the idea," said Claire Farrell, an eighth grade student. "Then, Mrs. Kadel really helped and put it into action."
Carrying a banner that read "Fight with Faith," the clan of walkers trekked a mile down Chambersburg Road, right by Mrs. Momberger's old house. The morning stroll raised money for cancer research while also paying tribute to the educator who poured her heart into teaching.
While some are too young to remember her, the impact she had on the school is everlasting.
"We remember what she was like when she was teaching us and just remember how we were in kindergarten and she was a big influence on all of us," said Andrea Poole, an eighth grade student. "I don't think any of us will every forget her, and with the walk, nobody will."
The funds raised for the walk go towards the Linda Momberger Scholarship Fund and to cancer research and treatment at local facilities.
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