Silver Lake Elementary celebrated Earth Day and the memory of Parker Monhollon

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SILVER LAKE, Kan. (WIBW) -- Silver Lake Elementary celebrated Earth Day and the memory of Parker Monhollon Friday.

Parker passed away last year from DIPG, which are aggressive and hard to treat brain tumors. Her classmates decided to honor her with by planting a Dwarf Korean Lilac tree that would bloom purple flowers, Parker’s favorite color, outside the school.

Alana Brewster, a 5th grader at Silver Lake Elementary, was a friend of Parker and helped make the plaque that would go under the tree.

“It took a lot of time to make sure it was perfect because everything Parker did was almost perfect,” Brewster said. “She just had a very bright spirit and always very happy about everything."

Parker’s mother, Amanda Monhollon, said she has been overwhelmed with her community’s support.

“It just makes me really think about the compassion that my community here in Silver Lake has really given us as we move forward in our healing,” Amanda said.

The family and the rest of the community continue to feel Parker's presence.

“I felt like she really made an impact creating DIPG awareness all over the world with her Parker Pie Face Challenge, her silly videos and just being dedicated to really telling everybody her story,” Amanda said.

“Her impact on our community has just been amazing,” Becky Smith, computer lab teacher at Silver Lake Elementary, said. “She was an amazing little girl and is truly missed."

The community is hosting its second annual Walk for Parker at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Silver Lake high school track. The walk is rain or shine. Money raised will go to the Parker Loved Life charity.