The Denver City community is honoring three beloved elementary teachers that were killed in a car accident in early December.
37-year old Marina Natividad, 47-year old Rosie Garza, and 29-year old Veronica Flores were hit by a Mack-truck just outside Denver City. The women were on their way to Lubbock for a teacher's workshop. This weekend family, friends, students and faculty of Kelley Elementary gathered to dedicate an outdoor learning center and garden to the three teachers.
"We hope this will be a time of additional healing and rejoicing for the difference they made in our lives, in your lives and the lives of the future," explains Principal of Kelley.
The school and community are honoring three of it's most beloved kindergarten teachers. The loving memories of Veronica, Rosie and Marina are celebrated through an outdoor learning center complete with a garden where family of the victims plant flowers. "It's very honorable, there is no word to explain it," says Veronica's sister, Laura. She describes the emotional memorial and how she hopes students will enjoy the center and remember the teachers. "These three ladies were loved very much and they enjoyed what they did. It's just a great honor to have them always remembered here," she adds.
Three flags bearing the names of each teacher are flown in remembrance. "You can see the love, you can feel the love here today. It's helping us heal. I think all three of them are upstairs right now looking at us, they're our angels," says Cynthia, Rosie's sister.
Family of the victims say in life the three teachers touched the minds of students, today they continue to touch their hearts.
The outdoor center was funded by donations from the Denver City community.