The Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation is deeply saddened by the death of Mt. Comfort Elementary School 2nd Grader, Matthew Clegg, and expresses its deepest condolences to the family and school community. Matthew was greatly loved by everyone that knew him, was an excellent student and will be greatly missed by the community.
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Shane Robbins, states “We hold our students and their families in the highest regard, and our hearts and prayers go out to the Clegg family. In sad times such as these, we come together as a community in support of the family, while respecting their privacy.”
To help support his family during this challenging time, the family has set up a Go Fund Me page to help cover the funeral cost. The link can be found below or it can be located on the Mt. Comfort Elementary Facebook page as well as the Mt. Comfort PTO Volunteer Facebook page.
The viewing for Matthew Clegg will be held at the McCordsville United Methodist Church fellowship hall on Friday, May 27, from 4 - 8 p.m. and his funeral service will be Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. in the church sanctuary. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery following the service.
Counseling has been made available for students and staff at Mt. Comfort Elementary throughout the rest of the school year, and additional measures have been taken at Mt. Comfort Elementary to support all affected by the loss. Robbins states, “We are sensitive to the needs of the family and will provide resources as necessary at school to deal with the grief surrounding this tragedy.”
The following includes a list of resources staff and families to help cope with grief:
Indiana Crisis Assistance Response Team
Critical Incident Reactions
Guidelines for Teachers
Tips for Parents
Tips for Talking to Young People and Adults
It is important to find resources that are age-appropriate, as death is a topic that different ages will express uniquely. The following articles may be of assistance:
What Can my Child Understand?
Understanding the Needs of Grieving Children
Talking to Children About Death
Children and Grief
The National Association of School Psychologists website also includes several tip sheets and resources to support your child in these difficult times.
Children's Grief Education Association
National Alliance for Grieving Children
Recover from Grief