Madison Hts. Teacher Honored, Cristy Berger Memorial Walk May 10

Madison Heights Teacher Honored with Cristy Berger Memorial Walk May 10moderntax

(Crystal A. Proxmire, April 24, 2014)

When 38-year-old Cristy Berger passed away in January, the loss touched the lives of many in the Madison Heights community. The beloved English and Social Studies teacher at Wilkinson Middle School was also a strong proponent of fitness, who volunteered at the Recreation Department and for several sports teams. She was essentialalso a longtime supporter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Berger had been working with Carol McQueen of the LLS to organize a District-wide walk for the charity, but she died before she had a chance to see it happen.

Now McQueen and volunteers are picking up the torch, and holding the Cristy Berger Memorial Walk on May 10 to raise money for the LLS. The walk takes place in Rosie’s Park in Madison Heights, with registration beginning at 8am.

Participants are asked to register online with a minimum gift of $10. Those who want a commemorative t shirt should register with $15 or more by May 3. Day-of registration is also available with a minimum $15 gift.

“I met Cristy two years ago when Lamphere Schools and Madison Public Schools food service department received a grant from the United Dairy Association. A seed02_sharon chessrequirement of this grant was establishing district-wide physical activities that supported healthy body, healthy mind,” McQueen said. “Cristy was the representative from Madison Public Schools and was a leader on the walk committee. Cristy took the lead in managing all the logistics for the walk. I came to know her well, her dedication, her ambition, her ability to get things done, her relationship with her students, how respected she was not only in her school community, but in the Madison Heights community, and the Lamphere School district as well, where her own children attend.

“I often refer to her as the energizing rabbit, always full of life, full of energy, always focused on getting the job done by anylori davis ad means necessary. She always said what was on her mind. Cristy had well-defined values, her priorities were always her family, students, staff and community in that order. She had a great sense of justice and what is right for staff and students, from what I remember she was active in the school’s union and was a spokesperson and steward for her colleagues.

Berger was a graduate from Madison Public Schools, and she taught in that same school district for 18 years. She passed away unexpectedly from undiagnosed health issues, leaving three children, two of whom are still in Lamphere Schools. “She was extremely active in her kids’ activities, soccer, basketball, and baseball, always on the run and attending sporting tournaments,” McQueen said. “In February Superintendent Randy Speck from Madison Public Schools reached out to me and asked me to continue this walk in memory of Cristy, and of course I agreed.”

In conjunction with the walk Madison Public Schools will be having a week of volunteerism at each school, and kick off assemblies in the elementary schools about the LLS. The week will culminate with the walk in Berger’s honor.

Marissa Tedder, a MHS senior and former student of Berger, said  “Mrs. Berger was an incredibly passionate woman who genuinely cared about the well being of others.  She was strong in her convictions and driven.  It is an honor to be playing a part in her Memorial Walk.”

To pre-register for the walk, visit the event page at


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