BYRON (WREX)—After the death of a beloved teacher and mother Maggie Rosko and her son Amos, loved ones started The Maggie and Amos Foundation.
The goal is to help future teachers and schools through scholarships and grants.
“I think that’s our biggest thing is somebody so good and a little boy so perfect shouldn’t be forgotten,” said friend and member of the foundation, Megan Dettman.
It started as a 5K run to help people cope with the mother and son’s 2016 death.
Now, the foundation raises money, scholarships and mini grants for students, schools and libraries.
“It all just kinda came about as something to help with our grief and It turned into something positive because we wanted Maggie and Amos to be remembered for the life they lived,” said Dettman.
One person pursing the passion of teaching thanks in part to The Maggie and Amos foundation is Jenna Amberg.
She is graduate student at Northern Illinois University, the same school Rosko attended.
“Even though I have never met her, I feel like I have known her my whole entire life. And I think if I would have known her, I would have taken her on as my mentor,” said Amberg.
While Maggie can’t impact Jenna’s life as a mentor, she can still guide her and others through life with the help of the foundation.
“We still obviously miss her everyday. and the best thing would be for her to be with us but we know that is not possible.But just knowing everybody cares so much about her, everybody is willing to step up and come out and support us and the foundation and show how much they cared for Maggie and Amos both, ” said Dettman.
So far, the foundation has given out more than $25,000 dollars in grants and scholarships.