When the librarian at a Minot Elementary School was diagnosed with breast cancer, the students rallied around her.
And they did so, in a rather non-traditional way.
Carla Burbidge reports.
When you duck into the newly-remodeled library at the Lewis and Clark Elementary School in North Minot, you'll meet Carlotta Goldade, the librarian.
But she's never alone.
Walk among the shelves of books, look up and down, and in every corner, and you'll see rubber ducks.
She has over 1000 of them.
Who new there were so many types of ducks?
Christmas ducks, ducks taking a bath, rock and roll ducks, and even a President Obama Duck.
Each and every one of them a gift to Mrs. Goldade, who has been through a tough patch with her health.
(Carlotta Goldade, Librarian) "Never under estimate the warm heart of a child, they are kind and good."
It was 8 years ago that Mrs. Goldade was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Her principal place a pink breast cancer duck on Mrs. Goldade's computer one day.
Soon, two of the elementary kids, who are now middle school students at Ramstad, decided that duck was lonely.
(Kailee Frank, Student) "We wanted to start a family, didn't think it would get so big."
(Logan Weber, Student) "I wanted to make her happy and bring some joy to her life."
Before long ducks were coming in from many students and staff. And even after 8 years, it hasn't stopped.
Every year a new group of students learn about the cancer, and are inspired to send well wishes to their librarian.
Mrs. Goldade is doing okay but her cancer is an aggressive one, so one day at a time.
(Carlotta Goldade, Librarian) "I know have married children and grandchildren, and I didn't eight years ago."
She says the children and staff have kept her going.
(Carlotta Goldade, Librarian) "Its a miracle."
The children have taken to this project, like a duck to water.
In Minot. I'm Carla Burbidge.