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McLaughlin Still Waiting For Some To Come Home

March 28, 2014, 6:13 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

McLaughlin Still Waiting For Some To Come Home
MCLAUGHLIN, SD -

Two kids from McLaughlin School and one of the teachers involved in a Colorado crash are home. Three other kids and a teacher are still in the hospital.

Authorities say an SUV they were in hit ice and rolled Monday morning as the group was on its way back from the Denver March Powwow. Most weren't wearing seat belts.

School administrators expect a third student home soon. Two other kids face a longer recovery. The driver, social studies teacher Kyle Henderson, is still recovering in Colorado, as well.

As the community is thankful to see students and staff of the McLaughlin school returning home, Valerie Archambault isn't sure when to expect her granddaughter.

"I have no idea yet; she is still in ICU," Archambault said.

Still, Archambault says she's thankful. She's staying at her daughter's home to watch grandchildren while their mother is in Colorado. The community has put together a food drive for people like her, family members back in McLaughlin.

"Everybody's so helpful. I get calls telling me that they're all praying for them too. If there's anything that I need that I should call them or anything," Archambault said.

At the school, Principal Angie Thunker says there are several other ways those in the community and elsewhere are showing they care.

"I think the biggest way people have stepped up is just by showing their support, the calls coming in asking what they can do," Thunker said.

Thunker says kids from the school have written letters to those in Colorado and some have even spoken to Henderson by phone.

Archambault says she's been doing the same with her daughter, who she says has chosen to stay positive during the tough situation.

"Doesn't even want to have any negative thoughts about it,” Archambault said. “She's glad and happy her daughter is alive."

The school is posting updates on its website and has shared information about how people can help.

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