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September 20, 2018

Memory of Student Remains Alive With Her Former Teacher


OSWEGO, NY – “I don’t want her to be forgotten!” said Linda Doty as she talked about a former elementary school student.

In 1999 Oswego Middle School seventh  grader Kristen Pulver was tragically killed and left this world at a very young age.

Linda Doty who had Kristen Pulver as a student  at the Kingsford Park Elementary School wants the youngster to be remembered. Annually she places school bus yellow colored mums on the grave.

Linda Doty who had Kristen Pulver as a student at the Kingsford Park Elementary School wants the youngster to be remembered. Annually she places school bus yellow colored mums on the grave.

Doty, currently Charles E .Riley Elementary School’s Principal, doesn’t want this gentle, kind hearted youngster to be forgotten.

Doty noted, “Every year, the week before school, I take a day off and go out and get some school bus yellow mums. Then I go to the cemetery and place them on Kristen’s grave. It is my way of telling her that she is remembered.”

Pulver was a student at Kingsford Park Elementary School who loved learning and cared about others.

She was a student of Doty’s prior to entering seventh grade at OMS.

Doty said, “Just about everyday after being at the middle school Kristen would go home and then come back to my classroom at Kingsford Park. She would open her books, study and sometimes just talk. We focused on learning.”

According to Doty, the youngster had a huge heart.

She explained, “Kristen befriended others that didn’t fit in easily, not only in school, but also outside during after-school hours. Kristen didn’t judge others, she was a friend to anyone who needed one.”

The current CER principal noted, “I just don’t want people to forget her. She was just one of the many students who work hard, care about others and have dreams. However, her dreams were never able to be achieved. She deserves to be remembered.”

It is common for teachers to long remember students.

Some youngsters might be mischief makers, others might be academic wizards while others are just good kids who enjoy school and their classmates.

Kristen Pulver is remembered not only when Linda Doty places those school bus yellow mums on her grave, but the youngster comes to mind and remains in this educator’s heart every day.

6 Responses “Memory of Student Remains Alive With Her Former Teacher”

  1. wayne
    September 7, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I think this world needs more people like Ms Doty,Thankyou for being the person you are.

  2. Makaylee Pulver
    September 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    That is my wonderful sister, she was killed when I was only 11 months. She will always be in our hearts.

  3. Makaylee
    September 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    thank you so much. Kristen is my sister and she will always be in our hearts

  4. Makaylee
    September 7, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    This is my sister, That you so much for doing this and not letting her be forgotten. She will always be in our hearts.

  5. September 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    This is my sister. Thank you so much for not letting her be forgotten, she will always be in our hearts.

  6. Stacie (kent) swinson
    September 7, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Kristen was a loving young girl, she cared so much for others, I grew up with her family and remembered the day she left this world, it was a sad sad day. Kristen I love you and have never forgotten you. Your always in my thoughts and prays

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