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Barnstead El mourns for student killed in accident


December 20, 2011
BARNSTEAD — A third-grade student at Barnstead Elementary School and his mother were involved in a fatal car accident on Sunday, Dec. 11 in Chichester.

Amanda Michaud, 31, of Pittsfield, and her eight-year-old son, Avery Michaud were killed in the accident.

Avery lived in Barnstead with his grandparents and was a student at BES.

Principal Tim Rice talked about Avery's smiling face roaming the halls at BES.

"Avery was a great little guy. He was a typical third-grader in many regards," Rice said. "He had tons of energy, and he was a very handsome boy with a huge smile."

A memorial service was held for the pair on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Perkins and Pollard Funeral Home in Pittsfield.

A memorial fund has been set up in Avery's name at BES per a request from the family to help with expenses.

Anyone interested in donating to the fund can drop a check off at BES and make it out to Barnstead Elementary School.

A spaghetti dinner to help raises funds was organized by the Barnstead PTO and was held on Wednesday, Dec. 21, after press time.

Rice was able to get information out to parents about the tragedy late on Sunday, Dec. 11, and has been working with counselors.

The principal received calls from counselors from Pittsfield, Gilmanton, Alton Central School and Prospect Mountain High School offering to work with the students.

Rice reported that a crisis team took over at BES and worked together and put certain programs and talks into action.

Rice said that students are dealing with the tragedy and trying to keep their daily routines the same.

Rice said that students in the younger grades often work on activities together and that there is a void in the classroom without Avery there.

"Avery was someone with a good sense of humor," Rice added. "He will be missed."

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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