École Broxton Park
School (K–9)

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Broxton Honours the Memory of Prescott Richards

January 23, 2018 - It is with great sadness that we inform you of the sudden and unexpected death of our friend and classmate Prescott Richards.

Prescott was a kindergarten student who was attending École Broxton Park School for his first year of school.  He enjoyed spending time with his friends and has touched the lives of many students and staff in our tight knit community even though he was only with us a short time.

Every effort is being made to handle this very sad news with honesty, compassion and understanding. We met as a staff and, honouring the request of Prescott’s family, shared with students Tuesday morning. We are grateful for the assistance we are receiving from Parkland School Division’s Trauma Response Team. Many people were on-site to provide support and to encourage emotional health and well-being in the school community. This support will continue for as long as required.

We are aware that students process loss in different ways depending on their previous experience. We would encourage you to talk and listen to your children to assist them in understanding this loss. 

Condolences on behalf of École Broxton Park School have been sent to the family. They have been assured that our thoughts and prayers are with them now and in the coming days and weeks.

Parents

You can provide valuable assistance to your children during this time. Here are some ideas to consider when talking about this sensitive topic:

  • Be attentive to your child when he/she has questions and wants to talk.
  • Listen to your child’s feelings and accept them, even if they are different from yours.
  • Give honest, simple, brief answers.
  • Make sure that your child understands your answers and the meaning that you intend.
  • Use words or phrases that won’t confuse your child or make the world more frightening. For example: using the word ‘sleep’ for death can cause a child to be afraid of going to bed.
  • Create opportunities for your children to talk with each other about what happened and how they are feeling.
  • Be especially loving and supporting; more than anyone else, your child needs you at this time.

Above all, listen to your children and let them know that their feelings are normal and acceptable.

Thank you to those of you who have offered your support to the school and to the family. We are blessed to work in such a caring school community.  If there is any way we can help you or your child, please let us know.


Sincerely,

Broxton's Administrative Team
Treena Neumann - Principal
Lesley Cameron - Assistant Principal
Linnaea Nielsen - Assistant Principal

To reach out to the school, contact:
École Broxton Park School 
Phone: 780-962-0212 
Email: Broxton@psd70.ab.ca