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Lakeview School Helps Grieving Students

February 20, 2008, 5:14 PM by Perry Groten

Lakeview School Helps Grieving Students
Courtesy: Marshall Independent

Schools play a central role in any community and people in Cottonwood are turning to the Lakeview School as a source of strength during this tragedy.

As soon as the community of Cottonwood learned of the seriousness of the accident... the Lakeview School set into motion a crisis management plan. A plan that involves responding to the emotional needs of students mourning the loss of their classmates. 

The Lakeview School District's mission statement is providing each student with the tools needed for life. But now the district is helping the students cope with loss. Teachers, grief counselors and ministers have been available at the school for students to work out their feelings. Superintendent Sheldon Johnson said, "The turnout was overwhelming, as we anticipated it would be, the school becomes the hub of the entire community when tragedy involving students are involved." 

Classes were called off for the day, but school is back on for tomorrow at the regular time. The hope is that returning to a routine will restore a sense of normalcy to an otherwise trying time for so many students. "And they still will be sharing and grieving with one another, but they'll be doing it in a place where they're comfortable." 

Tonight, there's going to be a Mass at seven o'clock at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cottonwood.
Tomorrow night at seven, there will be a prayer service in the large gym at Lakeview School.

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