ESTACADA -- Counselors helped students deal with their grief after a six-year old from Mill Park grade school fell into the Clackamas River last weekend.
Six-year-old Vinesa Snegur, of Portland, slipped into the water near Austin Hot Springs as she was walking with her family Sunday, according to authorities.
Since the search began, Vinesa's classmates and staff at Mill Park grade school in the David Douglas district have received counseling.
The campus had a somber toneTuesday. Two of the first-grader's older brothers also go to the school. Some 140 students and faculty have received counseling.
Students have been making cards of sympathy all day yesterday and today, said Principal Rolando Florez, Yesterday we had a staff member sit in her seat to be a representative symbol of Vinesa, so we try to make this as easy as possible for students.
The girl and her parents, Igor and Marina Snegur, are from southeast Portland and drove in Sunday to play in the snow. They parked near Austin Hot Springs in the Mount Hood National Forest where a road is close to the stream.
After Vinesa was swept into the water, her family looked for her for about an hour, while trying to call for help on cell phones in the remote area. They finally reached authorities from a land line at the Ripplebrook Ranger Station about 25 miles east of Estacada just after 4 p.m., Rhodes said.
She is just a really sweet little girl, one volunteer searcher who knows the family told KGW.