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Pine City Elementary Principal Comments On Tragic Death Of 8-Year Old Student

Monday, October 28th, 2013 at 11:49 am

Principal Dave Arola made the following comments regarding the sudden and tragic death of a student. The accident that claimed the life of Laura Maloney happened on Sunday.

“Yes it is a hard day for staff and students as we lost one of our classmates, third grader Laura Maloney,” said Arola. “Our third grade team of teachers and support staff have done an excellent job meeting and talking to the kids to help them process their loss. Some of the kids have been writing their thoughts, feelings or memories down of Laura on a banner.”

“We have had extra staff available and others on call if needed,” noted Arola. “Her homeroom class or the whole school may wish to hold a fundraiser or collect funds for a memorial for Laura, no decisions regarding this have been finalized. Letters will be going home tonight to the third grade classes as notification along with some helpful ideas for parents to continue the discussion at home. Kids react to death in a variety of ways and we will be prepared the rest of this week and beyond to give out help as needed.”

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