Remembering the impact of Stephen Hillenburg


Bryce Grant

Stephen Hillenburg (Aug. 21, 1961 – Nov. 26, 2018) was an American animator, cartoonist, and marine biology teacher. Hillenburg was the creator, director, producer, and writer of the Nickelodeon animated television series Spongebob Squarepants. Hillenburg died at the age of 58 from cardiopulmonary failure last month after battling ALS for nearly a year.

Spongebob Squarepants follows the adventures of SpongeBob Squarepants, an incredibly positive sea sponge who inhabits a pineapple underwater in the town of Bikini Bottom. We asked students and teachers how SpongeBob impacted the lives of their families and themselves. 

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