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Monticello Schools Mourn the Loss of Young Student

Letter to Parents from Superintendent of Schools Daniel A. Teplesky

February 6, 2012

Dear Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s):

The Monticello School District is mourning the loss of one of our students. Victoria Erickson, a Kindergarten student at George L. Cooke Elementary School, passed away Sunday evening in a fire in the Moon Manor apartment complex. Victoria’s siblings and her mother, Kimberly Freer, escaped the fire.

Words cannot express the terrible loss that everyone in the District is feeling today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, fellow students, teachers, staff members, and all other people whose lives Victoria touched in our School District Community.

We want to let you know the District is taking steps to help our students and staff throughout this difficult time. Counselors from the District’s crisis intervention team are at George L. Cooke Elementary School. Intervention crisis teams are also at Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School and Robert J. Kaiser Middle School where other siblings attend. Your child may be affected by this tragedy and I encourage you to talk with your child about what happened even if he or she did not know Victoria.

Should you believe your child needs additional emotional support, please contact your child’s Building Principal or School Counselor, who are here to help. We have enclosed and posted bereavement resources for families which include suggestions on how to talk to children about death on the District website (see link below).

Again, our deepest sympathy goes out to Victoria’s family at this most trying time.

Very sincerely,
Daniel A. Teplesky
Superintendent of Schools

CLICK HERE for Bereavement Information and Resources.

Local News Coverage of this Tragic Event

CLICK HERE for the story, "6-year-old fire victim mourned - 'Torri' recalled for big smiles, love of school" in the Times Herald-Record. (2/10/12)

CLICK HERE for the Obituary for Victoria Storm Erickson in the Times Herald-Record. (2/9/12)

CLICK HERE for the story, "Aid for family of Monticello fire victim 'awesome' - Donation drive set Thursday" in the Times Herald-Record. (2/8/12)

CLICK HERE for the story, "Army veteran - Leon Mealing - is hero in tragic Monticello fire" in the Times Herald-Record. (2/7/12)

CLICK HERE for the story, "6-year-old girl dies in Monticello fire" in the Times Herald-Record. (2/6/12)