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Classmates of Drowned Girls Buying Flowers for Funerals

Oklahoman Published: December 21, 1989

TULSA (AP) Classmates of two elementary school girls who drowned after falling through ice on a frozen lake are pitching in dimes, quarters and jars of pennies to buy flowers for the girls' funerals, officials say.

"This is a very genuine effort and it's a time for them to show their support," said Duane Wilson, principal of Jackson Elementary.

Naomi Smith, 9, and Jennifer Heal, 12, died after they fell through the ice on a small lake behind the school Sunday night. Fire officials said they believe the girls were sliding near the ice-covered lake on a plastic bread tray.

The girls died hours later at separate hospitals after unsuccessful attempts to revive them.

The school's Parent-Teacher Association and a Girl Scout troop are collecting donations, students are bringing cans of food, and an anonymous donor has bought a burial plot for one of the girls, school officials and employees of Stanleys Funeral Home said.

Students also dedicated the school Christmas pageant Tuesday night to the girls, who had been scheduled to sing with their classmates.

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