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Where there's a will there's a way
Walk honors child lost to SIDS in 2007
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Forsyth County News
Students danced, ran through a human tunnel, formed conga lines and laughed as they circled the bus loop behind Settles Bridge Elementary School.

Many students high-fived and hugged members of the Davison family after the second annual Walk for Will on Friday morning.

The event, which raises funds for Forsyth County high school seniors, is held in honor of Will Davison, son of former principal Gary Davison. Will died of SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, in July 2007.

Davison, his wife Jinger and their daughter, Gracie, attended the event.

Gary Davison, now principal at the new Lambert High School, said he was happy to see the scholarships having such an impact.

Last year’s event raised more than $7,000 toward the Will Davison Memorial Scholarship Fund, which benefited five Forsyth seniors last year.

“I know a lot of these kids, and so it’s really great to see them, and the community coming out,” Gary Davison said. “But it’s also really neat to see the kids who I don’t know, and who don’t know me, coming out to help. It’s wonderful.”

Jeff Spera, a teacher at Settles Bridge, organized the event for the former principal as a “way for faculty members, the community and the kids to give back and help him out.”

“We’re all doing it for the memory of Will Davison,” he said. “It’s really taught me a lot about people and it brings people together, and that’s what we need more of in our schools.”

Seventh- and eighth-graders from Riverwatch Elementary School came to walk in the event with the Settles Bridge students.

A group of students at South Forsyth High School, where Davison served as principal until this year, also helped at the event, walking with students and offering piggy-back rides.

South Forsyth High senior Angelique Gwinner, a founding member of the Will Davison memorial club, remarked about the father and principal’s courage following the death at his infant son.

“[After Will passed away] he was able to come back to school and was never upset. He was always outside meeting us,” she said. “I love Mr. Davison. He’s just the most genuine guy. He ... really cares.”