The school year has already taken a somber turn for some elementary school students. One of their classmates died over the weekend in an ATV accident in Scott County.
Now Monday, leaders at Deep Springs Elementary in Lexington are taking steps to help classmates deal with the loss of 8-year-old Destiny Haney.
"It's just a tragedy," says Deep Springs Principal Adam Kirk.
Destiny Haney, who just began 3rd grade, was killed in an ATV accident Saturday. It happened in Scott county, while she was celebrating her brothers birthday.
"We're just struggling to make sense, you know. How do you go on? It's tough," Kirk says.
Other students have drawn pictures and written messages, remembering their classmate and best friend.
"She loved to cheer with her friends at recess. You'd always find her with her friends. She loved to read," Kirk says.
Sunday, dozens gathered together at Triangle Park in downtown Lexington to remember the 3rd grader, wearing purple ribbons, er favorite color.
"She was so excited to start this school year," Kirk says.
Destiny is no longer in the halls and classrooms at Deep Springs Elementary, but the young girl, and her care for others, won't be forgotten.
"She loved to help people. That was the biggest thing. She was always was a class leader, helping teachers. She always gave hugs," Kirk says.
In addition to having grief counselors at the school, principal Kirk says backpack letters were sent home with students Monday. He also says there's already talk of naming a year-end award after Destiny Haney, as another way of remembering her.
The family asks that any donations in honor of Destiny be made to Deep Springs Elementary, in the form of money or school supplies. For more information on how to do so, call the school's office at 381-3069.