Central students release balloons in memory of teacher

More than 70 Central Elementary kindergarten students gathered in the parking lot of the school Friday afternoon to release dozens of yellow and blue balloons in memory of one of their teachers.

The event was held in remembrance of Robin Gail Brown, who died suddenly of a heart attack earlier this week. 

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As they were getting ready to release the balloons, four of Brown’s students held a banner that read “We will miss you.”

Central Elementary Family Resource Center director Jimmy Walters, who headed up the balloon release, said staff members felt it a fitting tribute to their beloved co-worker.

Brown’s funeral is set for tomorrow at Hampton Funeral Home, that sits on a hill less than a quarter mile from the school.

As Walters noted, when released the balloons were carried through the air straight over the funeral home.

“Some of the kids and their families are at the funeral home, and we knew they could see this,” he said.

Co-workers said Brown was at school Monday, and seemed to be okay. However, she passed away early Tuesday morning after being flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Brown was in her second year of teaching at Central. Prior to that, she had taught at Flat Lick and Dewitt.

Walters said grief counselors were at the school Tuesday to counsel with students and staffers. “We dismissed the kids for two days to kind of recuperate. The teachers were hurt just as much as the kids,” he said.

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Central Elementary kindergarten students were handed balloons to release in memory of teacher Robin Gail Brown Friday.
Central Elementary kindergarten students were handed balloons to release in memory of teacher Robin Gail Brown Friday.

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