The first day back at school following Christmas break is a sad one for staff and students at Carman Elementary. Grade four teacher Rozsa Boda and her husband Janos were tragically killed in a car accident in Cuba this past week. The Winnipeg couple was riding in an ambulance en route to hospital when the vehicle slammed into a cement barrier. They leave behind three children: Veronika (27), Bettina (16) and Martin (15).
A GoFundMe page has been set up to gather donations and help the family bring Rozsa and Janos' bodies back to Canada, cover the cost of funeral arrangements and establish some savings in order for the children to now provide for themselves and cover any future education costs.
Meantime, Prairie Rose School Division is closely monitoring the well-being of staff today.
Superintendent Terry Osiowy says staff are struggling but feels the students seem to be doing okay. He notes the Division's crisis support team met with staff this morning.
In addition, a letter to the community was emailed to parents at both Carman Elementary and Carman Collegiate following approval by the Boda family.
Osiowy says Boda was always very proud of her students and loved to share highlights of their success, adding she was proud to be in public education. He notes it made him glad to see Boda's love for her students and her career.