By Mike DeNardo and Alicia Nieves
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The community at the C.W. Henry School in West Mount Airy is working to support students and staff when they return to class Wednesday, after a field trip bus crash in Maryland onMonday.
After a day off for Primary Day, Henry School students will return to class to cope with the aftermath of Monday’s bus crash.
Twenty-six students were hurt, one critically. A teacher was critically injured as well.
“Our focus is trying to make the return for students as they come back to school as smooth as possible and show them how much we care,” said Derren Mangum is the Henry School PTA President.
Despite how nasty the crash site looked, most of the Charles W. Henry School students were able walk out of the hospitals late Monday afternoon.
Haidache Daniel’s daughter, Kayla was one of them.
“Half the stuff she doesn’t remember. She told me everything was a dream,” said Daniel.
He added, a day after the near tragic crash, his daughter is doing better.
She is still traumatized and praying for the one teacher and student still in critical condition, as of Tuesday afternoon.
Counselors will be available so students can talk-through their feelings, and Mangum says the community is showing support as well.
“We have an event planned for tomorrow afternoon from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. where we’ll be inviting students’ families and the community to come together to prepare welcome-back cards and messages for our eighth-graders,” he said.
The PTA is soliciting donations of art supplies for that project.
They ask if you can donate, to drop those supplies off at the school in the morning.
In Maryland, investigators still have not filed charges against the driver believed to have caused the crash.