A SPOKANE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS GRIEVING THE LOSS OF
ONE OF ITS STAR STUDENTS.
10-YEAR-OLD GRACIE SNIDER DIED OVER THE WEEKEND IN
A CAR ACCIDENT.
AS SHE WAS COMING BACK FROM A SOCCER GAME IN YAKIMA.
TONIGHT, KXLY4'S KYLEE CRUZ IS LIVE AT COOPER ELEMENTARY.
WITH HOW THE SCHOOL IS REMEMBERING THIS BELOVED 4TH
COOPER ELEMENTARY HAS SUFFERED A GREAT LOSS -- EVERYONE
IS IN MOURNING.
IT'S EVEN MORE DIFFICULT BECAUSE GRACIE'S MOM GRETCHEN
IS THE SCHOOL'S COUNSELOR.
SHE'S LIKE THE ROCK OF THE SCHOOL, BUT SHE OBVIOUSLY
CAN'T BE HERE RIGHT NOW.
SO, THE STUDENTS AND STAFF ARE LEANING ON EACH OTHER
AND DOING ALL THEY CAN TO KEEP GRACIE'S MEMORY ALIVE.
we have a desk in our class right now that is empty
and it's gracie's spot
IN 4TH GRADE, YOU NEVER IMAGINE LOSING A CLASSMATE.
YOU'RE JUST 10.
there is a void that is going to be there because
she is not there
THAT GIRL IS SWEET LITTLE, GRACIE SNIDER, WHO DIED
IN A CAR ACCIDENT OVER THE WEEKEND.
gracie was probably one of the kindest, most amazing
children you will ever meet
JUST LAST WEEK, SHE WAS RUNNING AROUND ON THIS PLAYGROUND,
AND - LEARNING MATH AND SCIENCE, IN MS.
i'm so struck at the impact one small little girl
had on so many people
TODAY IN CLASS, MS.
TO TELL HER WHY THEY LOOKED UP TO THE 10-YEAR-OLD.
what they saw in gracie was not absolute perfection
but they saw her as someone who followed the rules,
tried their best and when they made a mistake, she
owned up to it
WITH A COLORFUL PERSONALITY, AND - A SMILE THAT WOULD
BRIGHT UP ANY ROOM.
GRACIE LOVED LIFE.
in her very short period of time
she was just a force, in everything
everybody really felt that she was there absolute
FOR THE 4TH DAY IN A ROW.
THOSE KIDS ARE REMEMBERING THEIR BEST FRIEND, IN THIS
SHRINE TO THE GIRL.
WISE BEYOND HER YEARS.
she showed all of my kids, to be the person that they
SHE WAS COMPETITIVE, DETERMINED, A ROLE MODEL.
HER LIFE WAS SHORT, BUT HER LEGACY IS AS BIG AS THEY
WHAT'S BEEN INCREDIBLE IS THE OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT
THE SCHOOL HAS RECEIVED.
THEY HAVE HAD ADDITIONAL TEACHERS COME IN TO HELP
IN THE CLASSROOMS.
COUNSELORS HAVE COME BY EVERYDAY TO BE THERE FOR THE
STUDENTS AND STAFF.
PEOPLE HAVE PROVIDED MEALS AND GIFTS IN THIS DIFFICULT
KYLEE, HOW IS THE SCHOOL PLANING TO HONOR GRACIE'S
THEY HAVE SEVERAL IDEAS.
ONE IS TO RENAME THE SCHOOL'S COMMUNITY GARDEN, TO
THEY ALSO WANT TO PLANT A TREE IN HER HONOR, ONE THAT
WILL BLOSSOM EVERY SPRING IN A VIBRANT COLOR, BECAUSE
THAT WAS GRACE, ALWAYS VIBRANT AND COLORFUL.