MONTCLAIR, NJ - The life and legacy of Kimberley Foster-Clark was remembered during an endearing ceremony held at Nishuane School on Friday.
After suffering a brief and unexpected illness, Foster-Clark passed away May 25, 2016. A longtime West Orange resident, Foster-Clark had taught Kindergarten at Nishuane for 14 years and staff and students felt that they wanted to honor her memory with a playground dedication.
Her family and friends were invited to attend a ceremony of the opening of the new play structure on the Nishuane playground, where Foster-Clark's name was etched on a new buddy bench and atop of the play structure. Due to the inclement weather, the ceremony was held inside of the auditorium.
The auditorium was packed with friends, family coworkers, former students and community leaders. As her legacy was remembered, there were many tears shed and laughter, as well.
After remarks and a memorial PowerPoint presentation, friends and coworkers released 14 balloons into the night sky, signifying her 14-years as a teacher at the school. The rain held back just long enough for the tribute to move outside.
Her husband, John Clark, thanked everyone saying, "The bags with sayings and pictures on them, the releasing of the balloons, the buddy bench and playground that bares her name, were all so beautiful. I thank you again."
He continued, "Through this tragedy, we have been so blessed with having great family, friends and even strangers who knew Kim be so kind to us."
Foster-Clark left behind a husband, two teen daughters, and her mother, who were deeply touched by the outpouring of love.