Eleven years ago today, the Newton community was struck with tragedy when four Oak Hill Middle School students were killed in a bus accident in New Brunswick, Canada.
Despite the decade gone by, the Newton community still works to keep alive the memory of eighth grader Mellissa Leung and seventh graders Kayla Rosenberg, Greg Chan and Stephen Glidden.
The four students were members of the school band, which was on its way to a school performance in Halifax. Forty-two students were on board the bus with five chaperones, many of them seriously injured.
For full details and background, check out this CNN report from the tragedy.
Each year, the community holds a Circle of Remembrance outside to mark the tragic day and celebrate the lives of Kayla, Melissa, Greg and Stephen. Family, friends, classmates and community members gather to share stories, songs and inspirational readings. This video from NewTV includes coverage from last year's Circle of Remembrance.
The Village 14 blog notes that the tradition of the Circle of Remembrance will continue tonight at 6 p.m. Community members are welcome to come by to not only remember four students who died in the accident, but any other child or family member lost over the years.
While Newton Patch cannot search back in archives to share history of this tragedy (as we've only been around since late 2010), we invite you, our readers, to share your thoughts and memories in the comments section below.