The Bryan County Board of Education routinely holds a moment of silent reflection just before its members recite the pledge of allegiance and then get down to business.
Thursday night, that moment of quiet was held for a Richmond Hill Middle School teacher seriously injured Memorial Day Weekend.
The teacher, Valerie Feske, was reportedly playing on a water slide at a May 23 neighborhood get-together when she was injured.
A gofundme page to help pay medical bills has raised more than $41,000 since it was established three days ago. Organizer Maria Knight hopes to raise $250,000 to help the family pay medical bills.
Feske was taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, where she reportedly remains.
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The gofundme page said Feske “was celebrating her first day of summer with friends and family when her life was tragically changed. While enjoying some fun in the sun, Val being the adventurous person she is, had a catastrophic collision on an inflatable water slide. Her collision has resulted in an ASIA A C7 spinal cord injury. As you can imagine, the medical bills and family needs are already enormous and will continue to mount as Valerie continues her road to recovery.”
“Everyone’s favorite teacher and friend, Valerie is the epitome of positivity, spunk, and our very own ray of sunshine! Valerie has been married for 13 years to her husband Brent, and they have two beautiful children, Kenzie and Derek. Valerie is the type of wife, mother, daughter, and friend that everyone deserves. She has a servant’s heart and now it is our turn to take care of her.”
“Even if you don’t know Valerie, in honor of her giving spirit, keep her in your prayers, send her positive energy and please consider making a financial contribution to show her and her family your love and help them pay the staggering medical costs as they navigate a long and uncertain road. These precious donations will assist with housing, equipment, medical, and other support systems to assist her as she overcomes the obstacles ahead. It truly takes a village, and Val has the best one! Matthew 6:21”