A memorial service for Jamie Merritt, a preschool teacher's aide at Monument Academy who died last Friday in a car wreck, will be held 6 p.m. Thursday at the World Prayer Center, located on the campus of New Life Church, 11025 Voyager Parkway.

Students who want to leave cards, notes or other creative memories for Merritt's family may place items in the box near the preschool fence on the Monument Academy campus.

Preschool staff will deliver the memorabilia to the family.

Plans are underway to set up an online fundraising account to benefit the family, which includes Merritt's two teenage children.

Merritt was killed while en route with her boyfriend to Grand Junction Friday, on U.S. Highway 24 West near Woodland Park.

Merritt was a paraprofessional educator at Monument Academy, a charter school in Lewis-Palmer School District 38, for eight years and this year was working with preschoolers.

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