“This has been a week for mourning,” said principal Rick Conner, who added that the loss has affected more than just one group of students, since Annah had an impact on so many people.
“Everybody loved Annah,” Conner said. “She was a friend to all students.”
The day students returned after hearing the sad news, the school allowed them to spend time during the morning with counselors and in groups, sharing and remembering Annah in their own personal ways, Conner said.
The evening of Jan. 18, Annah, her sister Emilee, 13, and driver Forrest Blake, 18, were involved in a car crash on Rail Hill Road in Lumpkin County.
An investigation is ongoing, according to Chase Greene of the Georgia State Patrol.
Investigators were on-scene last week and used equipment to map the crash, Greene added.
He is also expecting to learn more after the data can be analyzed that was downloaded from the car.
Charges may be filed against the driver, Greene said, pending the outcome of the investigation.
At Lumpkin County Middle School, the mood was understandably somber the week after the wreck, and the school has been showing its support for eighth-grader Emilee Robinson as she begins her recovery.
“The middle school kids have been extremely supportive,” said principal Chris Froggatt.
He said at last check, Emilee was awake and improving. He said she is expected to be moved soon to Scottish Rite Hospital for six to eight weeks of recovery.
For the cheerleader who is active on the football and basketball cheer squads, a visit from her teammates is also in the plans, Froggatt said.
“I challenged the kids to stay in touch,” he added, citing the need for more than just an initial outpouring of support.
To ensure that their efforts were felt the most, students were going to vote on what things they could do to best support the family.
In addition, the annual spring sports pep-rally will be postponed, Froggatt said, until Emilee can return and be involved.
“She is one of those kids who is bubbly and always smiling,” he said. “We are looking forward to getting Emilee back.”
For anyone wishing to contribute, a fund has been set up at United Community Bank called the Annah Faith Robinson Memorial Fund to help the Robinson family with expenses.
To donate, call 707-864-8223 and ask for the bank’s Dahlonega branch.