Sec­ond-grader re­mem­bered

Tree, bench ded­i­cated in mem­ory of Jenna De­mar

Springfield Sun - - FRONT PAGE - By Linda Finarelli lfinarelli@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @lk­finarelli on Twit­ter

MAPLE GLEN » The smil­ing face of 7-year-old Jenna De­mar graced the front of the pro­gram; her “Starry Night” paint­ing an­chored the back. The black line fram­ing the two gave no­tice to the bit­ter­sweet oc­ca­sion.

Fam­ily, friends, and the sec­ond­grade class at Maple Glen Ele­men­tary School gathered June 9 in the court­yard for the ded­i­ca­tion of a tree and bench in mem­ory of the sec­ond-grader who died Oct. 18 of last year af­ter be­ing struck by a ve­hi­cle the night be­fore.

“Flow­ers be­come a gar­den, which con­tin­ues to grow and show its beauty — a peace­ful place to sit, think and re­mem­ber,” said school guid­ance coun­selor Jen­nifer Hamil­ton, who read a memo­rial poem about “a very spe­cial gar­den.”

“It’s im­por­tant here to­day to be with Jenna’s fam­ily,” she said. “We want to help her mom and dad and [sis­ter] Reece feel com­fort­able when they are here at Maple Glen. “Some­times when we think

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LINDA FINARELLI - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Michael De­mar speaks at the ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony in mem­ory of his daugh­ter Jenna.

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