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School remembers boy killed in snow bank

Greece, N.Y. - The Craig Hill Elementary School is remembering the 10 year old boy killed in a snow bank accident.

Cory Denoncourt was digging a snow tunnel outside his Greece apartment complex Wednesday night when he tumbled face first into a hole about three feet deep and became trapped.

He died Thursday night at the hospital.

The Craig Hill Elementary School released this statement on Friday.

"Cory Denoncourt was someone who embraced life and made you laugh. Thats how classmates are remembering their friend today at Craig Hill Elementary School.

Rather than focus on sadness, staff and students are remembering the fifth-grader for the happy kid he was and will continue to be in their hearts.

Corys classroom was a flurry of activity as students prepared for a quiz and the upcoming winter recess.

In the center of the room stands an artificial tree, donated by Cory. His friends said you could sum Cory up in one word funny. He brought a smile to their faces and made the school day fun.

One of Corys classmates recalled how they loved to sing a song from the musical Hairspray.

As he spoke, the entire class spontaneously sang it together in honor of Cory. Others talked about funny words Cory made up like A-tink- a-you which meant thank you.

They remembered how he was always part of the classroom conversation. Even when he was using the adjoining bathroom, Cory would still manage to call out an audible comment.

There were tears of course for a friend lost so young, but there were as many smiles. His teacher, Catherine Howe, visited Cory and his family in the hospital and was able to read him the cards written by his classmates.

she told the class that its ok to be sad but its also OK to be happy.

Hes still making us laugh, she said. We got to hang out with Cory for a while and thats what is important.

The school's staff has also started a collection for Corys family.

Those wishing to donate should contact Craig Hill Elementary School at 966-4500.

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Washington Times