While prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty for an accused killer, schools across Acadiana are responding to the tragedy in their own way. Just for the day, a large majority of students at Ernest Gallet Elementary School traded in their school uniforms for a uniform of different sorts. Those who chose to participate paid a dollar to wear blue with the money going directly to Corporal Michael Middlebrook's family.
"Any fundraiser we have they do well but there was a lot of support for this one today," said the school's vice principal Dina Mccullogh.
The student body of 921 children raised $1380. That's just about 1.5 dollars donated per student at the school.
"I think it's not just about wearing the blue but that they understand what it's for," said Mccullough. She said the students knew what the blue meant, and the students said they were excited to back the cause.
"It shows respect for the family and also it helps them a lot," said fifth-grader Jordan Stabile.
"Money can't replace everything but it can replace a little bit," said Cooper David, another fifth-grader.
Caitlin Davis said she's been through loss and wants the Middlebrook family to know how she coped.
"I know how it feels to lose someone. I just kinda accepted that they were gone but still held onto my memories," she said.
Davis and some other students said they are glad people are coming together and trying to make something positive out of this tough time.