SIOUX CENTER—Ryan and Jenna Sneller came to Kinsey Elementary on the first day of school, Friday, Aug. 23. The school held a special ceremony in honor of their 7-year-old daughter, Mya Sneller, who died on July 2 due to injuries sustained in an accident.
Kinsey principal Troy Lentell first had her classmates, now second graders, brought to the cafeteria to receive balloons that were to be released after a moment of silence outside by the flag pole before the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
He said a prayer for the class and Mya, and they joined their peers outside in front of the school.
After telling the crowd of more than 600 students, plus staff and a few friends and family of the Snellers, about what they were doing, the moment of silence was held and the balloons were released while the students made the sign language sign for “I love you.”
Lentell said he hopes the ceremony helped to provide a sense of closure as they grieve the loss of Mya.
Following that, the crowd recited the Pledge of Allegiance with help from cub scouts from Sioux Center’s Boy Scouts of America Troop 211, who unfolded and raised the flag.