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Three new honorary streets approved

CHAMPAIGN -- One local school now has a special way to remember one of its students.
CHAMPAIGN -- One local school now has a special way to remember one of its students. The city approved renaming part of Galen Drive after Danny Nardi.

The 10-year old died earlier this year while battling cancer. His classmates from Next Generation School came up with the idea while visiting the city's Public Works Department. That's where they learned about the Honorary Street Naming Program.

Fifth-grade teacher Ann Quackenbush said, "It's really exciting to take an idea that students had just sort of whispering in the background on a field trip and see it actually happen. It's very exciting."

Danny's mother, Cristina Toharia, says it's bittersweet.

"I have to say that we want Danny to be remembered. We had a lot of support from the school and from the kids and everyone and it's amazing to see that we continue to have support now that Danny's not here."

Three signs with Danny's name will be placed on Galen Drive. His teacher hopes the students learned if you put your mind to something, it can happen.

The city council also approved two more honorary streets. Part of Crescent Drive will be named after Gary Hembrough. The former Illini football player also coached at Centennial High School.

A portion of Market Street will be named after Vicky Stewart. The former county board member was well-known for her volunteer work, especially in the senior community.
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