State Street 2nd grader passes away over the weekend

State Street Elementary School (WIBW)
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- State Street Elementary School is asking the community to keep the family of a second-grade student who recently passed away in their thoughts and prayers.

In a letter to parents, the school said Stephen Wilson, Jr., died after becoming sick over the weekend and taken to the hospital.

"We will miss him. We want you to know that we are here to support all of you," Principal La Manda Broyles said, as part of a statement that was read to students Tuesday morning.

Members of the school Mental Health Team are on hand to help students and staff cope with his loss and additional resources are available for his classmates.

School staff is asking parents and guardians to keep an eye on their children while they are at home. If they need additional support, Broyles says she can be reached at 785-235-7280. The school can also provide information regarding talking to your child about death.

Full letter sent to parents and guardians:

Dear State Street Parents and Guardians,

It is with great sadness that I share a State Street second grade student, Stephen Wilson Jr., passed away due to a medical matter. Please keep Stephen’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

This week, members of our Mental Health Team will be available to support State Street students and staff and additional supports and staff are being provided to the Stephen’s classroom and to the second grade team. Students will be read the following statement Tuesday morning in their classrooms.

“Friends, I have sad news, our classmate and friend, Stephen Wilson Jr., became very sick this weekend and was taken to the hospital. Stephen was very sick and doctors worked very hard to make him feel better, but he passed away this weekend. We will miss him. We want you to know that we are here to support all of you. If you would like to speak with our counselor, Ms. VanAmburg, please ask me and I will make those arrangements for you. We will keep Stephen’s family and friends in our thoughts and prayers. If you would like to make a card for Stephen’s family, Mrs. Broyles will collect the cards and will deliver them to Stephen’s family. We want you to know that we are here to support Stephen’s family and you.”

Parents, please monitor your child at home and focus on his or her needs and emotions. If you feel your child needs additional support please contact me at (785) 235-7280. If you would like additional resources in talking to your child about death, please let us know and we can provide more information.


La Manda Broyles
State Street Elementary School Principal