YORBA LINDA : Parents’ Gift Honors Teacher’s Memory

When Lark Norman was a language arts teacher at Bernardo Yorba Middle School, her passion was literature, and she was forever encouraging her students to stop by the library and pick up a good book.

That legacy from Norman, who died last August of a rare form of arthritis, will continue thanks to Norman’s parents, who have donated $25,000 for renovation of the school’s library.

Ervin and Florine Yoder said their gift was inspired by the discovery that their 42-year-old daughter, who taught at Bernardo Yorba for about 12 years, had been raising money for the project.

“She never said anything to us, never asked us for money,” Florine Yoder said. “We didn’t find out she was doing this until after she passed away.”


Andrienne Ervin, principal at Bernardo Yorba, said of Norman: “She was the energy behind the movement to improve the library. Because of her efforts, kids will have a library they want to come to.”

The Yoders approached Ervin several months ago about making a donation. Recently they revealed the amount of their gift to what will become the Lark Norman Memorial Library.