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Counselors Help Students Cope With Death

The death of a 5-year-old forces Avery's Creek Elementary to face the reality of death.

Grief counselors have allowed students to express themselves by writing and drawing messages.

"These are notes that kids have come into the library to write to Lola or her mom," says teacher Carol Clayton.
"I was a friend of lola's i was sad and scared," reads one message.

"I'm scared that she died," another child writes.

"They can't always speak about it but they can write about it and draw pictures that go with it," Clayton explains.

Those visuals give us a portrait of a life that ended far too soon.

Lola was struck by a vehicle off Airport Road last week. Her brother Silas was also hit, but he survived. The two kids were walking with an adult when the vehicle collided with the kids.

Student support counselor Renee Bussanich shows News 13 memorial posters, that will eventually be given to the Ramsey family.

"Sometimes kids this age worry about forgetting someone who's died," Bussanich says. "Having them draw about it helps them process that grief."


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