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Travis Elementary School

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Travis Elementary School

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"It's just that symbolism," said ...

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"It's just that symbolism," said Don Smelser, Travis Elementary principal.

Don Smelser, principal of ...

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Don Smelser, principal of Travis Elementary School where the two oldest children were enrolled, said Tuesday that counselors were available for students who were having a hard time dealing with the tragedy.He said they would continue to monitor students, in particular those who were in the same classes.The school also closed its doors to media on Tuesday.

"I really want to make sure I'm protecting my kids and my faculty because a lot of them were grieving," Smelser said.

"Your heart goes out to the ...

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"Your heart goes out to the dad in the first place, but then to lose your kids," said Don Smelser, principal of Travis Elementary School where the two oldest children were enrolled.

Of Tyler, Smelser said, "He's a very bright, smart student.
Smelser said that at the family's request, the school waited to tell the students until the accident was publicized.He said counselors were to be available Monday to help children understand the tragedy.
"The kids who were in that classroom knew they (mother and children) were leaving town to visit their dad," Smelser said."Some were asking why they weren't back yet. ... I've called a lot of parents today (Monday).The shock is still going through the neighborhood and the campus."
Tyler, in fourth grade, and Ashley, a kindergartner, were enrolled at Travis for only about two months, Smelser said.
Smelser said that as teachers and staff were informed of the family's situation there was a common reaction.
"I had a bunch of people walking out and as they left they were saying, 'I know God's got a plan, but I just don't understand it sometimes,' " he said.

Travis Elementary Principal Don ...

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Travis Elementary Principal Don Smelser arranged the trip for the students, reaching out to Southwest Airlines and to his cousin, state Rep.

"A lot of our students had not had some experiences maybe the rest of the people in certain parts of El Paso and the rest of the state get from time to time," Smelser said.

El Paso Times - EPISD school wins reversal, is now rated as 'acceptable'

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"We were happy to learn that (Texas Commissioner of Education) Shirley Neeley supported our appeal and found that our situation was 'compelling' and 'well documented,' " Travis Principal Don Smelser said.

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