Students, faculty and staff at Carleton College all found a flower in their mailbox Friday morning in a gesture of sympathy from parents and Carleton alumni. It's been a week of grieving at the Northfield school, following the deaths of three juniors in a traffic accident on Feb. 28.
Volunteers filled 1,900 mailboxes in the school's Sayles-Hill center in about 90 minutes Friday morning, making the white carnations available by 8:30 a.m., said Sarah Forster, director of alumni relations. Later in the day, more flowers showed up, compliments of students at St. Olaf College, across town.
Carleton students carried the flowers with them throughout the day; flowers sticking out of backpacks were a common sight, Forster said.
A funeral for James Adams of St. Paul is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at House of Hope Presbyterian Church, 797 Summit Av., St. Paul, with a reception to follow. A memorial service for Paxton Harvieux of Stillwater is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at the Stillwater Junior High School Auditorium, 523 Marsh St., in Stillwater.
Michael Goodgame of Westport, Conn., was buried Friday in Connecticut.
Members of the Carleton Ultimate Frisbee team, on which Adams, Harvieux and Goodgame all played, attended the burial, said Carleton spokesman Eric Sieger.
Two other students who survived the crash — William Sparks of Evanston, Ill., and Conor Eckert of Seattle — were listed in satisfactory condition Friday at Hennepin County Medical Center.
"It's been a very solemn week," Forster said.