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
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.
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
"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