Keeping Estrella’s memory alive
Day of the Child (or El Día del Niño) was celebrated Monday, April 30, at Fitch Mountain School, 520 Monte Vista Ave. It included a short presentation by Elvira Uresti-Regan’s fourth grade class and honored Estrella Navarrette, for whom the school’s library was named.
Estrella was a Healdsburg native and attended both Fitch Mountain and Foss Creek Schools before her death on March 22, 1995.
Her mother, Luz Navarrette, described Estrella as a curious child who loved to read. She dreamed of traveling the world and seeing all the interesting places she had visited in books. In May 1994, she was diagnosed with leukemia and became very ill a year later, while in the fifth grade.
Estrella’s dying wish was to travel the world, but by the time The Make-A-Wish Foundation was contacted she was too ill to travel. Her second wish was to have a building named after her.
It was granted in June 1995, several months after her death, when the Healdsburg School Board approved naming the Foss Creek School library in her honor. When Foss Creek School moved to the Fitch Mountain Campus, the Estrella Navarrette Library came with it.
“Every week students use the Estrella Library, sharing in her passion and joy for reading,” says Uresti-Regan, Estrella’s fifth grade teacher. “Every time a student picks up a book, they are making Estrella’s dreams come true.”
– Jessie De La O