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March 3, 2004

Tifton-- March 3rd marks the 45th anniversary of a tragic loss of young life in Tifton. One this day in 1959 nine Tift county children drowned when the school bus they were riding in flipped over and landed in a pond. The children who were all students at Matt Wilson school are memorialized by a tree in front of the school.

"Students lives are very important it is also important to continue a tradition of caring and feeling in our world. The tree behind was donated by the family at that time and we have moved it closer so that it is closer to the memorial itself, "says Elaine Taylor teacher at Matt Wilson.

The children who died were between the ages of eight and 14.

posted at 4:50PM by scott.hunter@walb.com