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Continued: St. Louis Park school honors fourth-graders killed in Lilydale landslide

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 23, 2014 - 5:40 AM

Her daughter and the rest of the 50 now fifth-graders met privately Thursday with Fofana and Sani’s families, praying and remembering the two boys.

“It was pretty emotional,” said Godlewski, who was at the meeting.

She said the families were hesitant to revisit a place so key to the tragedy. But “they found nothing but love and support.”

Then they joined the entire school body in holding hands around the uilding with their classmates, St. Paul and St. Louis Park law enforcement. Even therapy dogs used after the incident were there.

“We join together as students, parents, staff and community in a circle around the school as an outward and visual symbol of the connection we all have to the Peter Hobart community and to each other,” Superintendent Rob Metz said.

But the memory of Fofana and Sani won’t end there.

Fofana’s family is collecting clothes to bring to the African school, while Sani’s family is collecting books for underprivileged students in St. Louis Park and Minneapolis to honor Sani’s love of reading. Donated clothing and books can be dropped off at Peter Hobart Elementary, 6500 W. 26th St., St. Louis Park.

In the school’s atrium, a clay sculpture was also built in the boys’ memory, forever reminding future generations of the two lives lost far too young.


Kelly Smith • 612-673-4141

Twitter: @kellystrib

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