Remembering a classmate

Whale Branch Elementary School has planted a tree and erected a plaque in honor of James McDiffett Jr., a first-grader who died last week.  McDiffett’s classmates, teachers and school staff gathered in front of the school to hear from Principal Lynn Singleton, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Pastor James E. Moore and also from James McDiffett Sr., the student’s father.  McDiffett remembered that his son loved going to school and would be just as excited going to classes in the morning as he was coming home in the afternoon.  “It was so much harder to say this earlier in the week after it happened,” McDiffett said, “but now it’s gotten easier because I see how he’s affected everybody.  And I know I’m not standing alone.”