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Students, staffers remember teacher killed in car accident

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Washington, a first year teacher, was on her second career. She had a passion for helping kids. Washington, a first year teacher, was on her second career. She had a passion for helping kids.
Before becoming a teacher at Keystone Elementary School, Washington was a graduate student at University of Memphis. Before becoming a teacher at Keystone Elementary School, Washington was a graduate student at University of Memphis.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Staffers and students at Keystone Elementary are hurting after Janice Washington, a first year teacher, was killed in a horrific car accident last week. She was driving to school.

Before becoming a teacher at Keystone Elementary School, Washington was a graduate student at University of Memphis.

She had two children, a 5-year-old and a 23-year-old son fresh out of college.

Now, Washington's coworkers are trying to keep her memory alive and help her children in the process.

"If I have learned nothing else from this awful accident, I have learned that tomorrow is too late. The time to be helpful and kind is now," said Keystone teacher Rebekah Jackson

Washington, a first year teacher, was on her second career. She had a passion for helping kids.

"It was horrific, the car was mangled," said teacher Shannon Banks. "We were just devastated. We're teachers, we're family, more than eight hours a day we're here before school after school."

Now, teachers are coming together to raise money for the family she leaves behind. The school started "The Janice Washington Fund" to benefit her boys. Monetary donations can be made any First Tennessee Bank branch.

"We thought that we could do this for her because she gave so much to the children, even in her first year," said Banks.

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