College rallies behind sole survivor of horrific accident
THE 12-year-old sole survivor of a car crash that took the life of his mother and three siblings has met with his rescuers in an emotional reunion.
Kawana Waters State College staff, parents and supporters have rallied behind Eathan Jackson-Cooke in a series of remembrance events.
The Year 6 student is still nursing an arm injury after he was involved in a horrific crash on Mooloolah Connection Rd at Glenview on August 22. Mother Keisha, sisters Tilly and Joan and brother Ryan were killed in the crash.
The tragic incident prompted an outpouring of support from the Coast community.
Eathan was reunited with the rescuers who helped him on the side of the road the night he staggered from the crumpled car.
In a private family ceremony earlier this month, the ashes of Eathan's mother and siblings were scattered at sea from a Coastguard board at Alexandra Headland.
On Sunday members of the school community were invited to join with the family at Mudjimba Beach in a picnic lunch in celebration of the lives lost.
The school community ended the term on Tuesday with a special planting celebration for the children who learned to read, write and play at the college.
School principal Paul Williamson said the native plants, each representing one of the family members, were planted around the campus grounds as a lasting tribute.
The ceremony, attended by students, parents, friends and Eathan's family, was a way for everyone to heal together and pay tribute.
Eathan is in Year 6, while Tilly was in kindergarten, Joan was in Year 2 and Ryan was in Year 4.
"We kept things really positive given we were addressing students and wanted to make this a real celebration of life," Mr Williamson said.
"It was upbeat and there was lots of clapping, but things were emotional when we were able to link up Eathan with the people who found him on the side of the road that night.
"The school believed it was so important to provide some healing for the community and this was a way to do that."
Along with the six memorial trees, a further 50 trees will be planted in the school grounds as a renewal of life.
"Eathan has been back at school for a few weeks and is getting wonderful support from his teachers and (external and internal) specialists and support staff," Mr Williamson said.
"Thanks to everyone for respecting this as a time to prioritise Eathan's healing."