Teachers and staff at Denali Elementary School help students cope with the loss of a friend

(Photo Courtesy “The Shjon Brown Memorial Fund”)

As we have been reporting, the loss of a 9 year old boy this Saturday at Artic Man has been felt across our community.

Shjon Brown age 9 was a student at Denali Elementary School in Fairbanks and today was a hard day for both students and staff.

The Principal of Denali Elementary spoke to Newscenter 11 about how the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is helping the students cope with the sudden loss of a beloved classmate.

Tim Doran said, “There were some tears, there was some laughter talking about their time playing with Shjon. We also had opportunities, especially in his class, for his classmates who have known him for a number of years to have an opportunity to express their feelings and those we will share with the family.”

He also went on to say that it speaks volumes about Fairbanks as a community stating, “It speaks highly of our community, the voices of support.”

A memorial fund has also been set up for Shjon Brown.

People may contribute at Denali State Bank, MAC Federal Credit Union or online. The bank accounts are under Eleonore & Brandon Waller and Shjon Brown. Or you can visit, www.fundrazr.com, “The Shjon Brown Memorial Fund.”