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BES copes with fifth-grader’s death

Posted: October 21, 2011 4:11 p.m.
Updated: October 24, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Carissa Stover

Grief counselors were dispatched to Blaney Elementary School (BES) Wednesday after a 10-year-old student died of an asthma attack at a Columbia-area hospital Tuesday.

Carissa Stover was a fifth-grader at BES.

“We found out that she was near passing at 10 or 11 a.m. Tuesday morning. At about 2 p.m., the entire fifth grade was brought together to talk about it, which was a good thing,” said Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan. “We sent a letter home to parents and followed up with a ConnectEd.”

BES Principal Lisa Carter said the school’s guidance counselor, Glenna Brown-Kaiser, stayed at the elementary school from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and talked with as many as 15 parents. Grief counselors from Doby’s Mill Elementary School and Leslie M. Stover Middle School were also on hand at BES Wednesday morning to talk with students.

Next month on Carissa’s birthday, Carter said, the school will hold a celebration to remember the fifth-grader. The parent-teacher association will plant a tree in Carissa’s honor, her mother will bring cupcakes for her daughter’s classmates, and the chorus will sing a song for Carissa.

“And during the grief counseling, the children made stars that said nice things about Carissa, so we’re going to attach those to balloons. We just thought that would be a really great way to celebrate her life,” Carter said. “Carissa was very tiny, but she had a powerful personality and a great smile.”


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