School district supported after 4 killed in hit-and-run

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- It’s been a long weekend for the community of Chippewa Falls after 3 Girl Scouts and one mother were killed in a hit-and-run Saturday morning.

The Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District says it's received a lot of support from the community and even from around the country.

“It’s going to hurt for a while,” said Dr. Heidi Eliopoulos, Superintendent. “It's going to hurt for a long while, but we're going to get through it and we're going to help each other through it.

Eliopoulos said the school day on Monday started with counselors, faith based leaders, teachers and trusted adults on school campuses offering support services.

She said the district will have supports in place as long as students and staff may need them.

The district said it is providing resources and support both on and off campus.

“We partner with Real Living, so any student in our district, no matter what the circumstance gets 4 free counseling sessions for themselves, as well as every single member of their family,” said Eliopoulos.

She said the support has been positively overwhelming.

“Chippewa Falls is an amazing place and in the midst of tragedy, we're reminded of how much we're loved,” said Eliopoulos.