Westside students remember lost classmates

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-Westside High School students and faculty paid tribute to classmates Whitney Rogers and Gloria Taylor.

The two students were killed last Saturday evening in a one vehicle crash.

An assembly was held Friday afternoon along with a balloon release in front of the school's gymnasium.

PBIS Coach for Westside High School, Celeste Tinsley says they hope the event helps people begin to heal.

"We were hopefully trying to bring some closure to the week," Tinsley said. "It's been a really tough week for us and so, just a goodbye for the students and the faculty."

The PBIS group sold red and white balloons to the student body and faculty for one dollar each.

Westside High School Senior Alex McCollum, says the students have really jumped on board with the idea.

"All the students have been really excited," McCollum said. "It's gone a lot better than we expected. We expected to sell less than four hundred. Then, we ended up going back to the store to purchase more balloons because we ran out. We expected people to only buy one or two, but people having been making multiple purchases."

McCollum says she's happy to do something to honor her lost classmates.

"It feels really good," McCollum said. "I mean, it makes me feel better about the whole situation. It's not going to be better for a long time, but it helps make the healing process go faster."

The students released a total of 492 balloons.

All donations are going to the Westside High School Band and Choir at the families request.

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