Pictured left to right are Vicki Speranske of the Nanny McB Foundation, New River principal Dr. Stephanie Tennille, Katie Speranske of the Nanny McB Foundation, and New River students Hayden and Zachary Herranen.
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New River Elementary receives $1,000 donation
Staff Report~ 9/3/2014
NEW RIVER – Bekah Speranske was full of love. That’s how her mother Vicki Speranske describes her. Through the Nanny McB Foundation, the Speranske family donated $1,000 on Aug. 29 to New River Elementary in Bekah’s memory.
“We want to help spread the love our daughter gave,” said Vicki Speranske. New River Elementary was near and dear to Bekah; she was nanny to Hayden and Zachary Herranen, who are currently enrolled there.
Bekah is described as loving children and loving life, frequently working for children’s charities, including raising funds for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
“She devoted her life to helping others, and we would like this mission to continue through the Nanny McB Memorial Fund,” Bekah’s sister Katie Speranske said.
Bekah died this past January at age 26 in a car accident on New River Road. The Nanny McB fund honors Bekah’s memory. The name Nanny McB is a play on a nickname from her students, who called her B, and her family, who joked she should be called Nanny McB. Before her death, Bekah shared plans of working in early childhood education. Now, her wish lives on through the gifts of the Nanny McB fund.
Vicki Speranske described the gift to New River Elementary as “putting money toward a cause Bekah would love.”
“This is one of the places we felt would be the best for the money to go to,” Speranske added.
The Speranske family presented an ornate glittery pink check to New River Elementary principal Dr. Stephanie Tennille. New River students Hayden and Zachary Herranen and Mrs. Ward’s second grade class were also on hand to receive the gift.
“This will get spent in numerous ways to help our students,” said Tennille. “We thank you for your generosity!”
The Nanny McB Memorial Fund will be making its next donation to a children’s charity in Bekah’s hometown in Illinois.