Administrators at The Donoho School have decided to call off all Friday classes to allow students and faculty to attend memorial services for 17-year-old student Benjamin Stanford.
"We just felt like that's our way to the family of saying we love them and we support them," said Donoho president Jan Hurd.
Hurd said that in a faculty meeting Wednesday, about three-quarters of the school's faculty said they had planned on attending the services Friday. She and other administrators made the decision Wednesday afternoon.
Stanford's body was found in a wooded area in Villa Rica, Ga., Tuesday after a search by more than 100 volunteers.
The family will receive friends today from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Speed Channel Dome at the Talladega Superspeedway near Lincoln.
The memorial service will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Speed Channel Dome.
The Donoho School will hold a candlelight memorial service at 5 p.m. today in the grassy circle on campus.