Glade View Elementary students honor classmate with memorial

Students plant a tree for Midjina Fenelus

BELLE GLADE, Fla. - Today was a heartbreaking day in Belle Glade for students remembering one of their classmates. Glade View Elementary School held a memorial for a fourth grade student who died in February, along with her mother and sister, when their car went into a canal.

Fourth graders at Glade View Elementary School wiped away the tears at a memorial for Midjina Feneleus. Ten is a very tender age to lose a classmate and a friend.

"I started crying and everybody pat on my back and said, it's OK, it's OK. God has her. She's in heaven," said Midjina's friend, Solene Fleurscoc.

Midjina died February 12th when the Jeep she, her three year old sister, Glodia, and her mother, Dieula Francois, were riding in ran off the road and plunged into a canal in Belle Glade.

Students weren't the only ones affected by her death. Wednesday afternoon, as the school started a garden with a memorial tree in her honor, everyone choked back their emotions.

"Life isn't about how many breaths you take, but about how many moments take your breath away," Glade View Elementary School Principal Linda Edgecomb told students and teachers. "She will always have a special place here in our hearts and in our school."

Teachers and faculty, dressed in purple, Midjina's favorite color, presented her cousin and grandfather with a portrait of her and flowers. They all still marvel at Midjina's love for learning.

"She was bubbly, smart and she was an example for all the other students to follow," explained Midjina's fourth grade math teacher, Marshette Thompson.

The faculty and staff at Glade View Elementary hope students will come by the tree planted in Midjina's honor and remember her and be inspired to do their best work. Students say they already know she's their guardian angel.

"She's always going to be here watching over me, every day, all day," said Midjina's friend, Tykese Cosby.

Midjina's teachers said their students still have difficult days when they miss her very much, but they're consoling each other and helping each other every day. Now they also have a place where they can always remember her.



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