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Western Dubuque community forming committee in wake of tragedy

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FARLEY (KWWL) - The Western Dubuque School District is partnering with a Mount Vernon organization in responding to the recent tragic death of four teenagers in Dubuque County.

Western Dubuque School District community members met Friday morning with organizers of Mount Vernon's Community Resilience Institute, which was formed after the 2011 suicides of three local teenagers.

Following the death of four 14-year-old boys this past Saturday in a Dubuque County crash, the Western Dubuque School District wants to create a community-based committee to help organize avenues for counseling and support in the wake of this and any future tragedies.

"We've been looking at, 'Okay, how do we move on from here? What's the impact?'" school district superintendent Jeff Corkery said Friday afternoon. "As I've gone to the services for the boys and seen the impact on families and friends, we knew exactly this was going to be continued for a long time."

He said he hopes the committee, which is now in its beginning stages, will be comprised of a wide variety of representatives from the area communities.

The committee is called THRIVE, which stands for Trust, High Expectations, Resiliency, Investing, Vision and Enrichment.

He said the committee wants people to focus on thriving, and the tagline is "Grow hope together."

People who want to help out and get involved can contact Corkery at jeff.corkery@wdbqschool.org or reach him by phone at the district office at 563.744.3885.

Corkery said more information will be available on the district's WEBSITE this weekend. That's here: http://www.w-dubuque.k12.ia.us/
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