Holland Elementary plans a memorial to honor Aliahna Lemmon, who was killed in late December.
The school will be collecting money for the memorial by encouraging students and staff to each bring in $1 or whatever they might be able to share. With each donation students will receive a small memorial picture and poem. The money raised will be used to purchase two trees to be planted in memory of the third-grader. One will be planted in the school's outdoor lab, near the classroom where the 9-year-old studied; the other will be planted near the front of the school. A portrait of Aliahna and an art project she created will hang as a memorial inside the school. In addition, a donation will be made to Riley Children's Foundation in memory of Aliahna.
The trees will be planted in spring, at which time a dedication ceremony will be held to honor Aliahna. All students who made a donation will receive a small bottle of bubbles for the ceremony.
Aliahna was allegedly killed Dec. 22 while in the care of family friend Michael Plumadore. He allegedly confessed to investigators after a three-day search of the area around her home. He is charged with murder and two other felonies in the girl's death and is next scheduled to appear in court Feb. 27, where a trial date could be set.