Heidi Lynn White

Heidi White was a music teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in Morton, Illinois. Heidi suffered a stroke a few hours after giving birth to her son, Drew, on March 5, 2004. She never regained consciousness and died March 10, 2004, leaving Drew and her husband, Andy.

"Every time you'd walk into her music room, she would be smiling. She will always be in my heart," said sixth-grader Cali Fox.

But the students often think about the baby who was left without his mother. They have done a lot of writing projects since White's death to work through their emotions, Horn said.

"I really loved Mrs. White. I love Drew and I want to help him. He deserves a lot because he lost his mom," said fifth-grader Liz Siron.