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Memorial service planned Dec. 7 for UA teacher

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A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, for Upper Arlington teacher Megan Fedorko, who died suddenly Nov. 29.

Fedorko was a 1993 graduate of Upper Arlington High School and had taught third grade at Barrington Elementary School for 12 years.

Friday's service for family and friends will be held at First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Camp Akita, at campakita.org, and to the Megan Fedorko Memorial Fund, at rememberingmegan.com.

Rob Donahue, a close friend of the Fedorko family, said he set up the fund with the permission of Fedorko's husband, Brian. The couple had two children, ages 6 and 3.

"So many people have asked how they can help Brian and his young children and this fund is one of the best ways to help as the family deals with this tragic loss and begins the road to healing and recovery," Donahue said.

Donations to the Megan Fedorko Memorial Fund may be made at any Fifth-Third Bank branch, or checks made out to The Megan Fedorko Memorial Fund may be sent to Kristen Polonik, Fifth-Third Bank, 199 Graceland Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43214.

Fedorko's death left her colleagues and third-grade students mourning a loss that Principal Jason Fine called "a tragedy."

Fine said he got the news at about midnight on Nov. 29 that Fedorko, 38, had died earlier that night.

Because Fedorko was an Upper Arlington graduate, she was well-known in the community, he said.

"That is the power of this tragedy," he said. "It is not just our community at Barrington that will be feeling this loss. It is impacting the larger community.

"Megan touched a lot of lives inside and outside of her family and there are a lot of people aching for her and her family right now."

Fine said he met with his administrators at 2 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, to discuss how to help Fedorko's students and colleagues cope with the loss.

"The No. 1 priority for our teachers was to take care of our students and make sure that students feel safe at Barrington," he said.

He sent out a letter to Barrington parents very early on Nov. 30.

"The most important thing we can do is support and encourage each other in open expression of feelings," Fine wrote in the letter. "We will try to maintain as normal a routine and structure as this situation allows and we encourage you to do the same."

Fine said his staff members have received guidelines from counselors for discussing the teacher's death with students. He said the district's crisis response team was activated and that school and district counselors will be on hand to support students and staff members.

Fine said Fedorko will be "sorely missed."

"She always had a smile and was well-loved in this community," he said. "Megan was a caretaker -- she wanted to make sure everyone around her was taken care of, whether you were a principal, colleague, student or parent."

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