I had a student pass away this morning from my very first class. She was thirteen years old and in the eighth grade. The circumstances were quite traumatic. She was struck by a truck walking to her bus stop. I was crushed when I found out because she seemed to have a great life ahead of her... and I value all my students like family. http://www.baynews9.com/content/36/...l+held+for+girl+killed+by+truck+near+bus+stop This afternoon, I went to her vigil because I pass that area on my way home. That's the first time I got really emotional because I held it in all day long. When they sung Amazing Grace, I felt the greatest deal of emotion because the last time I really sung that song through and through was at the time of my grandmother's funeral 2 1/2 years ago. My current students were very sad today... though they didn't even know her. Yet I cannot believe one of my former students passed away... she was so young and everything was so sudden. I wrote a dedication to her in my journal, though it is private. Thanks for reading. I feel this has been one challenge of a day.