TUSCUMBIA, Ala. - A father in Tuscumbia, Alabama, surprised his daughter’s entire second-grade class with a field trip to her favorite place. But Jeremy Smith’s little girl wasn’t among the kids jumping and laughing at the town’s local trampoline business, Sky Zone.
Jaleia Smith died in September after the family was involved in a car crash, WHNT reported.
Weeks before the crash, Jaleia and her friends celebrated her 8th birthday at the same Sky Zone.
So, to remember his daughter, and to thank the school and students for everything they have done for him this year since Jaleia’s death, Jeremy Smith treated all 111-second grade students at G.W. Trenholm Primary School to a surprise field trip to the trampoline business, WHNT reported.
As the school year is closing out for second graders at G.W. Trenholm in Tuscumbia, there's an emptiness in their hearts. https://t.co/zuh18ONSAP— WHNT (@whnt) May 21, 2019
Her friends still miss the little girl.
“[We] try to have as much fun as we can, but sometimes we can’t have as much fun as we would have if she was here,” Mia Awwad told WHNT.
Jaleia’s friends have tried to keep her memory alive too over the past school year. They retired her student number and planted a tree in her memory. They also left messages to Jaleia on the chalkboard in her classroom, according to WHNT.