Fredonia Central School District welcomed students back to school Monday with heavy hearts after the tragic loss of one of them.
Lauren Arch, a freshman at Fredonia High School, died April 8 at O’Shea Children’s Hospital in Buffalo after complications from the disease. She was 18 years old.
“The sudden loss of Lauren was a devastating experience for all of us.” Fredonia High School Principal Darren Pashke said.
The recent Fredonia Board of Education meeting opened with a minute’s silence regarding Lorraine. Paschke and manager Brad Zelieux later shared words to remember Lorraine with the members in attendance.
“Getting to know Lauren over the past two years, I have seen a student go about her business very calmly, show great enthusiasm and commitment to her education and studies, and also show the same dedication to our art program,” Zilliox said. “…all in all, it will be missed by the entire student body, as well as our faculty and staff.”
Lorraine was also praised by Bashky “Her strong academics, kindness, and artistic talent.” Zilliox explained that Lauren was recently named Student of the Month in February from the district.
Lauren was a member of the Game Club, which put on an event to help students cope with the loss of a classmate, led by counselors Tom Donovan and Kerry Sweatman. Bashki thanked the gaming club advisors, as well as the region’s crisis team, “Who responded perfectly when the unthinkable happened,” Bashki said.
“The sympathy and kindness offered by so many is a source of light in this difficult time.” Bashki said. “…As we move forward with our recovery, we know we will continue to count on the support of our school community. We are so grateful to know that we have a network of individuals who are interested in helping us through this difficult time.”
Pashke also thanked Lauren’s parents, who have kept in touch with the area to provide information to share regarding her untimely death.
“No one can fully understand their pain or their loss, but I want them to know that they are not alone,” Bashki said.
At the family’s request, funeral services were private.