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School Secretary Writes Poem For Plymouth Students

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Cheryl Brown Avery.
HENDERSON — A stranger's words bring comfort to a community grieving. Cheryl Brown Avery, secretary of Carver Elementary School in Henderson, has spent herentire life working with children. When she heard about the tragedy inPlymouth, she decided to write a poem that band director Leroy Bland read atClayton Chesson's funeral Saturday.

In the darkness I hear them calling, Ten innocent children with a songin their hearts. Only God knows the path of their destiny, these innocentchildren filled with song.

"I had to let them know that someone cared about their children," saidAvery.

Although they will be missed and treasured as well, the memories ofeach will last forever. I pray for their souls and the families as well.For God has taken these precious angels, and laid them to rest in Hissweet kingdom.

"What could I possibly say to try to help these people to let them knowthat there's someone else out there that cares about their children," saidAvery.

Although they will not play in the band here on earth,

"This lady, I never met her before," said Bland. "I didn't know her, but how she could feel that without even knowing these kids is fantastic."

But fear not because God now has a heavenly band awaiting each andevery child. I can hear the trumpets playing in God's heavenlychorus.

One woman putting pen to paper, to make sense out of sadness, to let acommunity know they're not alone in their sadness.

The sweet sound fills the night air such as a whisper of an innocentchild. Play on children, play on!

Reporter: Betsy Sykes

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