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of by a Continued from page Al did from her. "Eric Conner was the greatest teacher I ever had," she said. "He was never afraid of dying. He always said there will be a better place for him after this life. I've dedicated this year to him. I want to make a better place for kids while they're here on earth." Ms. Holland told her pupils in Haddonfield all about Eric, she infected them with his kind of enthusiasm for life. They wrote poems and short stories about Eric. Then they embarked on a program program that has received national attention. They started out to raise enough money to adopt a baby bald eagle, Eric's favorite bird, through New Jersey's Endangered Endangered and Non-game Non-game Non-game Species Program. Program. They collected $6,400, enough to allow them to adopt two Canadian eaglets, which will be tagged and raised in New Jersey. Jersey. Their efforts were noted by President Ronald Reagan and New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean and chronicled on numerous TV stations and in more than 50 newspapers, including the New York Times. "Eric was our inspiration," Ms. Holland said. "He was never satisfied with just accepting the norm. He always strived for something higher." The New Jersey children are striving for more, too. One of the Haddonfield pupils, Jon Read, designed designed an emblem to commemorate commemorate the Adopt-an-Eagle Adopt-an-Eagle Adopt-an-Eagle Adopt-an-Eagle Adopt-an-Eagle Program. Program. Ms. Holland then began a campaign campaign to have the emblem turned into a stamp dedicated to the preservation of endangered species species and to Eric. Eric

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  1. The Akron Beacon Journal,
  2. 14 May 1985, Tue,
  3. Other Editions,
  4. Page 64

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