, Corbin, KY

May 17, 2013

Gone, but not forgotten

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — At 2 p.m. Thursday, the students, teachers and staff of Corbin Elementary School took time out to remember one of their own. They held a memorial service for Dakota Woolum, a third grader at the school who passed away of complications from diabetes on March 3.

After a few words from principal Chris Webb, 275 red, white and blue balloons — enough for 10 classes and the faculty — were released in his memory.

The service and balloon release was organized by Chelsea Smith, a former student teacher at Corbin Elementary who taught Dakota for a week while substitute teaching for Mrs. Debbie Tipton’s class.

“I knew him, I talked to him, and he touched my heart. He always had a smile and a kind word to say. He was friends with everyone. When I saw the look on their faces after the teachers told the students that Dakota died, I thought we needed to do something for him. They needed closure, and I needed closure,” Smith said Thursday afternoon after the service.