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Mural Remembers Fluvanna 10-Year-Old

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Fluvanna County middle school students are creating a special memorial for a 10-year-old the community lost.

Alyssa Divers died in December after a two-year battle with cancer. Now her friends are celebrating her legacy.

Two Fluvanna Middle School students are hoping to capture the little things about Alyssa in a lasting work of art. They hope the mural will remind people of her bright personality, her spirit and her resilience for years to come.

"We were all lucky to have her in our lives," said seventh-grader Newlin Humphrey.

Family and friends remember Alyssa for the twinkle in her eye, her mischievousness and cleverness, and her zeal for life.

"She was always happy and she never really wanted to talk about herself she just wanted to talk about you," Humphrey said.

Alyssa fought osteosarcoma, a rare and underfunded form of cancer, for two years before she died in December at just 10 years old. Now, friends in Fluvanna are hoping to capture a bit of her strength and her light through the mural at Fluvanna Middle School.

"I really wanted to do something that people will remember her by," Humphrey said.

The painters are filling the mural with symbols to remind people of Alyssa.

"If you know the person, you can kind of add in what they like and stuff that people usually know about them," said seventh-grader Reanna Devarennes.

"My favorite part of the mural is the dolphin because Alyssa loved Dolphins," Humphrey said.

"Her favorite color was blue so we added a lot of blue - the blue bird, the dolphin, the pond and her dress," Devarennes said.

The mural is called "Alyssa in Wonderland."

"I think it just means that Alyssa's in a happy place and that she's OK," Humphrey said.

On the ceiling, the young artists plan to paint the words "Live Alyssa Live" - a lasting reminder that Alyssa lives on.

The students have been working on the mural for hours every day. They're hoping to finish it by June. Then it will forever serve as a reminder of Alyssa's legacy for students at the school.

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