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'SJS is a family': Elizabethtown middle school honors student who passed away in 2018

Tai Le is a seventh-grade student who died in 2018, and the students at his school have dedicated numerous projects to him.
Credit: St. James Catholic School

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Elizabethtown middle school students at St. James Catholic School dedicated an area on school property to a classmate who tragically died a few years ago according to a press release from the school.

Tai Le is a seventh-grade student who died in 2018, and students have dedicated numerous projects to him.

“This project - along with past projects completed in Tai’s memory - is a beautiful illustration of our students’ commitment to community service and faith,” SJS principal Marie Hannah said. “SJS is a family and when tragedy strikes, we do all we can to honor those we have lost and keep their memory alive.”

They began working on this Middle School Service Project on March 30. They poured cement to replace an area of the bridge entrance at their Stations of the Cross and students created a dry stream to prevent erosion.  

According to Garden Therapy, a dry stream is a landscaping choice where rocks are placed to look like a stream to help with drainage issues in the area.

They also installed a metal arch and planted rose bushes on each side in hopes the plants trail up the arch over time.

Wednesday morning, students and staff met up after Mass to reveal the space. Tai's parents, Drs. Tao Le and Thao Pham, and some of his classmates were present for the reveal the release states. 

During the reveal, students placed decorated rocks to honor Tai Le because he loved to collect rocks.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story identified Tai Le incorrectly. This version has been corrected.

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