The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia



Chris Duncan, principal at Whitesville Elementary School, said the Upper Big Branch disaster brought the school’s students and faculty closer together. Spring break was under way when the tragedy occurred, so when the students returned, Duncan said his staff was ready to help them deal with the emotions that came with them. One of the first things the school did was to walk to a nearby temporary memorial for the miners. The children carried with them pictures they had drawn, posters they had made and letters they had written to place around the memorial in honor of the 29 miners who died just a week before.