Mission, Texas- This year marks the 30th anniversary of a school bus accident that claimed the lives of 21 Mission Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) junior high and high school students.
Since the anniversary date falls on a Saturday this year, (September 21), Mission CISD is planning a districtwide observance for Friday, September 20. At 9:30 a.m., all district employees and students will be asked to stop what they are doing and join in a moment of remembrance. At this specific time, students and staff can not only reflect on the impact of the accident, but to also use it as a time to individually celebrate the lives of the children, and the positive impact they had on their families and their community before their passing.
In addition to the district-wide moment of remembrance, a small ceremony will be held at Alton Memorial Jr. High School a little earlier the morning on Friday. The school was named in memory of the students killed as a result of the accident that occurred on September 21, 1989.
The students to be remembered are: Maria Alfaro, Roberto Bazaldua Jr., Margarita Buentello, Carmen Canales, Elda P. Cruz, Raul Flores, Elizabeth Flores, Abdon Garcia, Armando Gonzalez, Ruby Lopez, Marta Amelia Lozano, Jose L. Ortega, Veronica Perez, Yesenia Perez, Roman Quintero, Apolonia Regalado, Maria Regalado, Anna Rodriguez, David Saenz, Michael P. Saenz, Alberto Vasquez.
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