BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Tapestry Charter School community is remembering a young teacher who passed away suddenly, while chaperoning a class trip to Costa Rica . "Compassionate," "energetic," and "loving" are some of the words being used to describe the beloved teacher. At just 31 years old, Sarah Acton impacted dozens of lives as a teacher.
Executive Director of Tapestry Charter School Joy Pepper said, "This was her life, she showed up here everyday and she was happy to be here, happy to be with her friends, happy to be with her students."
Sarah Acton taught Spanish at the school for the past five years. She was leading some students on an international trip to Costa Rica. When, while white water rafting, the unthinkable happened.
Pepper explained, "So there's the mystery of one minute, she was sitting in the back of a raft laughing with her students and the next minute she was [unresponsive]."
School administrators say it was a medical emergency. There was a nurse on the trip, but they were unable to save her. Her legacy at Tapestry has a lasting impact and her colleagues remain stunned by the tragic news.
Pepper said, "It was amazing to work with her and amazing to see the influence that she had on the young people in our community. We really feel we're a family so we take this loss very very hard."
School officials say the students in Costa Rica are safe, and they will be returning Wednesday. Officials say the students in Buffalo will start the day with a community meeting to try and heal. Grief counselors will also be available.
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