Student remembered at dedication

May 27, 1999

playground dedicatedphoto: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer

In a ceremony Thursday, Pangborn Elementary School dedicated a new piece of playground equipment in memory of a deceased fifth-grader.

Michael Crabill died Jan. 20, and the school bought a $20,000 piece of equipment in his name. The school is holding a series of fund-raisers to pay for it.

Principal Joseph Byers read a poem to the assembled parents, teachers and students. A trio of fifth-graders sang a song, "Friends." Students presented the Crabill family with drawings in a "memory book."

They told stories about Michael cheering them up when they were sad. They remembered him as intelligent, quiet, considerate and friendly.


Theresa Crabill thanked the "wonderful, caring people" at Pangborn. "Words don't seem enough to express how our family feels today," she said. "Thanks to this wonderful gift, Michael will be remembered by all for years to come."

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II, whose son attended Pangborn, offered his condolences and said he would have liked to have known Michael.

He praised the students, saying they seemed like good future citizens.

"I sat here and watched this ceremony, and it gave me hope," Bruchey said.

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