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Worth Co. Middle remembers former student

September 18, 2003

Sylvester- Worth County Middle School students dedicate a new outdoor classroom.

Now it will always be a special place for the Giddens family, because it's being named after their son Adam.

"This outdoor classroom and environment recognizes that spirit that he had and the energy he put into it," said Terry Giddens, Adam's mother.

He lost a long battle with cancer in August, the day after school started. Adam was diagnosed with osteo sarcoma, a bone cancer, when he was eight years old.

When he wasn't sick, he spent many of his middle school days working on the Blackberry Trail Creek Bridge. "This is an area of study, just like the trail is an area of study, and I felt like we needed a way to distinguish it," said Carmen Faulkner, a teacher at the middle school.

So, after the idea was thought up by a student, this nature laboratory became known as Adam's Terrace. "He was friends with, like, everybody," said Robert Sword, the eighth grader who came up with the idea. "Since he helped out, it just seems like it's the right thing to do."

"He worked in the gifted program," Faulkner said. "And he helped build that bridge."

Adam loved the outdoors and everything nature had to offer.

"My sons bring home every animal under the sun," Giddens said. "I never know what they're going to bring home. He was the same way. He'd come home and there'd be worms in his pockets."

And these Worth County students are making sure Adam's love of the outdoors will be a learning spot that lives on forever.

posted at 9:40 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com

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