Students, Family Remember Beloved Buffalo Teacher

May 28, 2013 Updated May 28, 2013 at 11:33 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

May 28, 2013 Updated May 28, 2013 at 11:33 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - As the school year winds down, students of a Buffalo teacher who died while on an international school trip, gather to remember and memorialize one of their most inspiring teachers.

Sarah Acton died suddenly during a spring break trip with students while in Costa Rica in march.

Tuesday afternoon, her former students are working on molding an everlasting memory that will live on inside the school.

A student-made sculpture will be put in the school lobby to remember Sarah Acton. It is just one of the ways the Tapestry Charter School family is honoring the teacher.

"She was one of the good teachers," said Sarah's husband, James Acton. "She cared more about her students than she did herself."

Sarah Acton taught Spanish at Tapestry Charter School.

"It's ironic that this amazing woman, Sarah Thorp Acton, who was best known for her remarkable love of life, and the kind of energy that she shared with all of us, that she should ultimately be the one teaching us about how to cope with loss," said the school's principal, Lynn Bass.

Students, teachers, staff and family members remember Sarah as a ray of sunshine, and are honoring her lessons from outside of the classroom.

"She's teaching us that it's important to live each day," said Bass, "that we do live each day with appreciation of what we have on earth while we have it, to share what we have together with each other."

Sarah was always grateful for the little things in life.

Students honored the beloved teacher through dance, song, a slideshow of pictures and a special video made by students.

"She wanted to make everybody's life better," remembered James Acton. "That usually meant pushing you outside of your comfort zone."

"She lit up my life, like nobody could on this planet," said James. "I hope she did the same for you, as a daughter, a sister, a co-worker and a teacher."

Sarah Acton is survived by her husband, parents, brother and beloved students.

A scholarship fund has been set-up in Sarah Acton's name. You can donate by sending a check to Tapestry Charter School, 65 Great Arrow Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14216.

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