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Archive for Friday, September 11, 1992

WELL-HANDLED TRAGEDY

September 11, 1992

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To the editor:

I have two children who attend Wakarusa Valley School and were present on Sept. 2 when our principal, Mr. Coleman, collapsed, He was always in front of the school every morning to greet the children as they went to their classes. He knew every child's name and always had something nice to say that put a smile on their faces.

My reason for writing this letter is to compliment all the people who were involved in this unexpected situation. The teachers, bus drivers, cooks and custodian were able to do whatever was needed to keep the children calm. They showed a brave face to the kids even though inside they were extremely upset. I admire all of them.

Thelma Flory, our school's secretary since the school opened in 1960, was very calm and efficient even under great stress. You couldn't ask for anyone better in an emergency situation.

I was also very impressed with Dr. Azinger and Bob Taylor who arrived at the school so fast and arranged for counselors to come out and help where they were needed. They did a great job.

It amazed me how fast parents volunteered to help as soon as they heard what had happened. Mr. Coleman would have been so proud of everyone.

Mrs. Coleman and her family have my deepest sympathy. We have all suffered a great loss.

Lora Johnson,

Rt. 5, Box 218.

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