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Memorial playground for Sparta teacher

SPARTA, Wis. (WXOW) ---- An emotional ceremony today in Sparta as an elementary school dedicates a new playground in memory of a beloved teacher.
Three years ago a tragic moped accident claimed the life of Amy Stauffer but her memory will live forever at the school she loved.

Watching kids play always put a smile on Amy Stauffer's face.
Stauffer taught at Lawrence Lawson Elementary and could see kids playing from her window.

Christi Bender, part of the school's PTO knew Amy well.
"Amy was a great gal. She made a difference everywhere she went both with the students she worked with the faculty and people in the community."

Stauffer died 3 years ago from head injuries from a moped accident. She was only 42, but according to the ones she left behind that's not
all she was.

"She was funny, nice, loving," Jackson Stauffer said.

Amy's daughter Chloe said she was a natural with kids. "She had a knack for talking to kids and not talking down to them. She made them feel important.   She was also very good at keeping it upbeat and fun. She was just very good at what she does."

Her husband, Chris Stauffer said Amy was one in a million. "She was very playful, very fun and liked to be silly. And that's what made her a great teacher. Sometimes you have to think differently to get the attention of kids and amy was great at that."

If you would like to make a donation to help cover the costs of additional items like a water fountain, trees or anything else send an email to Christi Bender at

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