Kaelee's fifth-grade teacher Jeff Brethauer assisting fifth-grader Luke Hitzler with his lantern.Hopkins students lined up and ready to release their lanterns.Hopkins Elementary principal Scott VanBonn lit the first few lanterns.Kaelee's grandmother, Deedee Noble, let one of the first lanterns into the sky during the birthday celebration.Students waiting for their turn to release their lanterns in celebration.One student's lantern being lit.Luke watching his lantern take off.Several students watch as one of the last lanterns is released.Groups of lanterns floated up into the sky.The lantern celebration took place one day after Kaelee and Kara's 12th birthday.

Hopkins Elementary remembers Kaelee

Kayla Deneau, Staff Writer

Students at Hopkins Elementary School celebrated the 12th birthday of Kaelee Noble on Monday, March 31, with the release of nearly 90 pink paper lanterns.

Noble passed away earlier this year after a battle with brain cancer.

The entire student body watched, and several community members assisted, as the fifth-grade students released the paper lanterns in the sky.

A brief moment of silence followed the launch before the crowd sang happy birthday to Kaelee.
The crowd then gathered around her twin sister Kara Noble to sing her happy birthday as well.


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