Teacher rides RipCord to keep promise

Krystle Wagner • Jun 24, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Several months after making a promise, Sarah Taylor held true to her word.

When Spring Lake Intermediate School students participated in the annual school fundraiser, Taylor, a sixth-grade teacher, promised to ride the RipCord at Michigan’s Adventure with students Kenna Buhr and Tegan Rose if their class raised the most money.

When the time came for students to visit the amusement park, Buhr and Rose remembered the deal they shook on with Taylor in October 2017.

Last year, Taylor also had the same group of students when she was their fifth-grade teacher.

Taylor said the promise made her stomach uneasy, and she tried coming up with excuses to not follow through. Ultimately, she couldn’t get out of her mind what Rose battled the previous year.

Rose, who was diagnosed with leukemia, spent the second half of her fifth-grade year undergoing treatment and being in and out of the hospital.

As Taylor thought about Rose’s experience — and the fact that Rose and Buhr are amazing students — Taylor said she couldn’t use any excuses.

Riding the RipCord with Buhr and Rose is a special moment she won’t forget.

“We had a blast,” Taylor said.

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