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WATERLOO (KWWL) -
Waterloo Community Schools will offer counseling starting Monday to help parents and students cope after the disappearance of two Cedar Valley girls.
Cousins Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook have been missing since Friday afternoon. Their bikes were found near Meyers Lake in Evansdale, launching a massive volunteer search over the weekend. Law enforcement have continued the search through the week.
Counselors will be available Monday morning at Kingsley Elementary School at 201 Sunset Road from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Help will also be available at Poyner Elementary School at 1138 Central Avenue, Evansdale Monday afternoon from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.The girls attend these two schools.
Lyric Cook goes to Kingsley Elementary, Elizabeth Collins attends Poyner Elementary in Evansdale.
Counselors say you need to tell your child of the disappearance as soon as possible, but make is simple, direct, and gentle. They also say to encourage your child to express how they are feeling.
"Making sure that the children know that it's ok to talk to mom and dad and to bring up any questions they have. You know, how are you doing, we saw that on the news what do you think of that, things like that. Just a chance to talk with mom and dad and to feel safe," said Jil Hay, Waterloo Community Schools Counselor.
The Waterloo Community School District also has information for parents available on its website. The principals of both schools can also be reached by phone during the counseling times. At Kinsley, the number is 319-433-2210. The Poyner principal can be reached at 319-433-1534.
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