Monticello Elementary Balloon Release
Teacher Rhonda Shepperd and Counselor Jill Frogge memoralized Ivan Mateo who passed away in a tragic car accident.
Students gathered outside for a special ceremony to honor their classmate Ivan Mateo led by one of his teachers, Rhonda Shepperd and Counselor Jill Frogge
The students were given balloons in Emily and Ivan's favorite colors - green and yellow
Channel 18 and Channel 27 covered the event; Counselor Jill Frogge spoke on the school's behalf
WCHS Balloon Release
WCHS Media Specialist Carol Ford spoke at the gathering honoring the Mateo gamily, along with JROTC Color Guard and Raider Team representatives.
Students at Wayne County High School also participated in a balloon release in Emily's honor
The students were given balloons of red, white, and blue to honor Emily's dedication to JROTC; the balloons contained notes written by the students
Counseling office staffer Heather Bell handing out balloons
Supported by the WCHS JROTC, Media Specialist Carol Ford spoke at the ceremony
WCHS JROTC Cadet Adrian Martin led the students in a prayer
The Mateo Memorial fund raised a large amount of money for the family, thanks to friends, family, faculty and students. Visitation for Emily and Ivan will be Saturday, November 18th from five to seven p.m. followed by a church serive at Iglesia Monte Los Olivos at eight p.m. Burial will be Sunday, November 19th at eleven at Elk Springs Cemetary. "Mateo Strong" bracelets created by the group "Friends of Emily" can be purchased in the library of WCHS to raise money for the family.