One look at the lockers made into memorials at Odyssey Academy for the two young lives lost in Thursday morning's St. Louis Park pond accident and you see how 5- to 7-year-olds express losing dear friends.
"It shows the spirit of our school, it shows how much of an impact one child had on 365 kids," Jeoffery Reed, dean of students, said.
Origami, stuffed animals, and heart-felt notes are taped inside the lockers of 5 –year-old Zen'avia Rennie and 7-year-old Alarious Coleman-Guerrido.
"They actually brought in additional counselors this afternoon through Catholic charities so we did have about three or four extra counselors here helping out with the kids," Reed said.
Reed said the students started writing cards and notes during the schools' weekly school-wide Friday meeting.
Classmates weren't the only ones affected. After the news of Zen'avia and Alarious's death, it's been hard for most everyone to grapple with the aftermath.
"Hard to think about anything else, hard to sleep like last night, thinking about what that family is going through and we're not quite nearly as close as they are, so, the whole staff is devastated," Odyssey Academy executive director John Sedey said.
Four teachers at Odyssey Academy know four of the children tragically involved in the pond accident.
"We've got a sub in today so if a teacher can take out if they needed to," Sedey said.
Marion Guerrido, 23: No apparent injury
Aliyana Rennie, 1: Critical condition
Zarihana Rennie, 6: Extremely critical condition
Zenavia Rennie, 5: Deceased
Alarious Coleman-Guerrido, 7: Deceased
Amani Coleman-Guerrido, 5: Critical condition
BRIEF CONTACT WITH FAMILIES
"With the families we've had brief contact and their wish is that they really need to get this thing settled out, and they're going to reach back out to us when they're ready because we have a tremendous amount of people that want to cook meals, to donate money, to whatever types of support," Sedey said.