MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Deep in the woods of Monroe County, you’ll find a place that inspires kids to put down their electronics and play outside. Each child who spends time there helps keep another child’s memory alive. Eyewitness News Reporter Brianna Strunk explains.
Little Lilliana was kind to people.
She would go up to random people and hug them.” Said Sandi Denniston, of Saylorsburg
And kind to nature “When she was little, you know we would take her out, we couldn’t get from the house to the car without her stomping in a puddle.”
In 2015 — at age 14 — she passed away unexpectedly from a sudden illness.
“It’s horrible, it’s horrible. It’s something you live with every day, ” explained Sandi.
Lilliana’s parents feel their daughter’s presence in her favorite place nature. In her honor, they helped create “Lilliana’s Nature Discovery Area” at “Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center” where she attended camp.
Karen Boyle, is an Environmental Educator at Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, she explained: “And it was a tragedy that we are turning into something that’s very positive.”
There are different stations for kids to explore. Here, they’ll learn how to build a shelter on their own, from making music to digging for fossils and talking through tubes. Lilliana’s spirit is all around.
“I miss her every day, but I wanted to take that experience and turn it into something that could help other people,” said Sandi.
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