Remembering SerDerrio: Ceremony held at Benton ES

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Photo courtesy of Sonja Bailes

A touching ceremony was held at Benton Elementary School in memory of SerDerrio Thomas, Jr., a kindergartener who was killed in a car accident in September.

Photo Courtesy of Sonja Bailes
Photo Courtesy of Sonja Bailes

One by one, kindergarten students at Benton Elementary School filed solemnly into the gymnasium this morning with a pair of old sneakers in their hands and formed a circle. A favorite memory of SerDerrio was he helped his classmates tie their shoelaces when they were not able to do so themselves.

SerDerrio’s mother stood next to Principal Norma Anderson as she shared a few words about him. With the help of FCA members and older classmates, the kindergarteners then tied the laces together to the shoes they brought in, symbolic of the ties that will forever bind them with their classmate.

Students then dunked the sneakers in boxes in an effort to help others. Max for the Cure Foundation will have the shoes recycled, designating proceeds to benefit children with cancer.

SerDerrio’s mother, Tisha Allen, said words cannot express how much Benton Elementary has done to help comfort her and keep her son’s memory alive. For that, she is grateful.

(Story & photos courtesy of Sonja Bailes, Public Relations Liaison for Bossier Schools)