WAYNE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) - Days spent on the school playground are supposed to afford some of the best memories of childhood. Today, in Wayne County that was not the case.
Wayne County High School and Monticello Elementary held a memorial for two students tragically killed in a Tennessee Crash Sunday. On most days, you will see students dressed in red and black...the school's colors. Friday, it was a scene of green and yellow. Those were Ivan Mateo's favorite colors.
34-year-old Josefina Mateo, of Monticello, and two of Josefina’s children, Emily Mateo, 18 and Ivan died in the crash. The crash occurred in central Tennessee’s Van Buren County on State Highway 111. The van, carrying seven passengers overturned. The other passengers in the van were airlifted to a local hospital.
5th graders at Monticello Elementary School released balloons in honor of their classmate Ivan Mateo. He was killed in a crash alongside his mom and sister last weekend. Very emotional moment for some of the students. @LEX18News pic.twitter.com/9UV7V6VAxk— Karolina Buczek (@Karolina_Buczek) November 10, 2017
The students and teachers formed a circle on their playground this morning where they spoke about 10-year-old Ivan. Since his death, the schools in Wayne County have been collecting money to help the family.They released balloons to honor little Ivan. The moment was emotional for some students who held onto one another for support. But counselors at the school say this was a special moment...especially because Ivan's teacher read some of his own words about his love of Jesus.
"She happened to have those paper at home, where she was in the process of grading. She just went to see what he had written and it was very special that that's what his topic was," counselor Jill Frogge told LEX 18
A fund has been established at the Monticello Banking Company. Donations can be dropped off at the schools or by sending the donation directly to any Monticello Banking Company Location under the Mateo Memorial Fund.