Chippewa Falls (WQOW) — Following the beginning of funeral services for the four victims killed in a tragic Chippewa County crash on Saturday, the Chippewa Falls School District wants to remind their students and staff about free counseling.
Holly Hakes, Executive Director of Real Living, said the Cardinal Care Program started the beginning of the school year and provides four free counseling sessions for families.
Hakes said the services can be used for any issues students may have, but it’s been especially helpful since Saturday’s tragedy.
55 families used it before Saturday. Since then, seven more have taken advantage of the free help. Hakes said they’re expecting even more.
“This week is sort of about dealing with the immediate aftermath,” said Hakes. “Putting one foot in front of the other and getting through the week, and getting through the school day and getting through the middle of the week when we anticipate after a few days your feelings start to become more apparent.”
Hakes said there are also therapy dogs in the school to help students feel better.
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