Like everyone else, we are heartbroken about the events that unfolded regarding Hailey Owens. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends and all who are involved with the ongoing investigation.

We wanted to share inforamtion about the candlelight vigil that will be held in Hailey's honor this Saturday on Commercial Street.  The walk will begin at Campbell and Commercial at 8:15 PM Saturday night.  Walkers are asked to bring their own candle.  The walk will conclude on the Jefferson foot bridge, with a moment of silence.  

A memorial fund has been set up in Hailey Owens' name at area Empire banks. The bank has branches in Springfield, Nixa, Ozark, Marshfield, Fair Grove, Republic, Pleasant Hope, Highlandville, Strafford, and Battlefield.



We also wanted to share some information about talking to your kids about these events. Springfield Public Schools has provided the following tips to help parents talk to their kids about what has happened.  

From the Springfield Public Schools

"As three of our schools have been directly impacted by a recent event, The SPS guidance and counseling department shares the following tips for parents to help students who are experiencing crisis."

• Keep your child informed and updated. Children need to feel involved and as in control as much as possible.
• Watch for signs of distress. Loss of appetite, aggression, acting out, being withdrawn, sleeping disordered and other behavior changes can indicate problems.
• Send your child to school if possible. The stability and routine of a familiar situation will help young people feel more secure.
• Remember that everyone reacts to stress and/or grief in different ways. There is no one way to act in a crisis situation.
• Allow children the opportunity to express feelings. It is important to validate these feelings.
• A good diet and plenty of exercise are important for children who are under stress. Encourage your child to eat well and get plenty of exercise.
• Be honest about your own concerns, but stress your and your child's ability to cope with the situation.
• Respect a child's need to grieve.
• Provide somewhere private and quiet for your child to go.
• Be available and listen to your child.
• Remember to take care of yourself.