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Dubuque third-grader's legacy to live on through soccer goals

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - In November, third-grader Jackson Hohmann died from a previously undiagnosed congenital defect. But he will not be forgotten.

"Almost immediately, people started to ask what they could do, how they could help," said Amy Kirman, a physical education teacher at Carver Elementary School.

They decided to purchase soccer goals -- one of Jackson's favorite sports.

But it was no cheap task. The new soccer goals cost more than $3,000.

But the school was up for the challenge, bringing in spare change, selling t-shirts that included Jackson's favorite saying from "The Lego Movie," "Everything is awesome," and many other fundraisers.

"Everything is awesome" is a theme that appeared often Thursday, when the school officially unveiled the goals.

"It really epitomized who he was, everything that he did," said Robert Hohmann, Jackson's father. "He thought was really awesome, even if it wasn't something that wasn't particularly all that fun, he had a lot of fun with it."

It hasn't taken long for these goals to become a popular staple in the neighborhood.

"They just love it," Kirman said. "The number of kids that are playing here, you come up in the evening, kids are playing here, families are here, it's just a nice thing that kids are using and we've changed it into a positive thing that we'll always remember Jackson by."

It's fitting that these goals are as popular as the student they now represent.

"Everyone knew him -- he was just that personality," Hohmann said. "He also was the one that welcomed all the new students when they came to Carver. He was the one that put his arm around them, sat by them at lunch, and said, 'You're going to be my buddy, we're going to have fun together.'"
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