Local school mourns the death of second grader McKenzie Proffit

Students and staff of Ewalt Elementary School were saddened to hear of the death of their classmate and friend, McKenzie Proffit. The second grade student passed away at a Wichita hospital on Tuesday.

Ewalt Principal Greg Clark told the Gazette yesterday, “It was a shock to all of us. McKenzie was a good kid and is really going to be missed,” Clark continued, “Today we focused on the second graders and other students needing our assistance.

We had counselors in the office today to help. I appreciate my staff’s high level of professionalism. They are doing many things now for the family.”

A letter to parents went home with Ewalt students on Wednesday informing them of the loss and the availability of counseling.

At press time today service arrangements were pending with Heritage Funeral Home in Andover.

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