When a tragic accident in Sept. 2010 claimed the life of a vibrant third-grader at Leslie Bell Elementary School in Lexington, staff members came together to purchase a memorial in his honor.

Dozens gathered Friday for a bench dedication ceremony in memory of Garrett Rasa.

Teachers and other school officials, along with the third and fourth grade classes and Rasa’s parents, were in attendance.

Principal Linda Florence said, “It’s been a difficult past year for those who knew Garrett.”

It is evident from Friday’s turnout that Rasa continues to touch the lives of many.