"I remember when you told my mom how good I was."
"I remember her smile and how she was always happy."
"I remember when you told me I could do great things."
Messages from Ebenezer Avenue Elementary School students posted Friday on the door of a classroom left vacant when their teacher, Rene Trimnal, 66, died Thursday after a three-vehicle crash involving a Rock Hill school bus.
Messages of love and sadness from all over the school plastered the door, scrawled in magic marker and pencil, some on Post-it notes.
One student thanked Trimnal for supporting her - even when she wanted to be a sumo wrestler.
On the table in Trimnal's classroom lay many cards made of construction paper hearts and crosses, bearing more messages.
"I hope you are in a better time. I miss you a lot," one read.
In art class, students made therapeutic artwork in response to Trimnal's death.
As an International Studies teacher at Ebenezer, Trimnal taught students about different cultures and countries.
In their notes, students thanked her for being the best Spanish teacher ever, for teaching them Chinese, for letting them taste different foods and for bringing them chocolate.
"Rene touched the lives of all of her students," said Ebenezer principal Johneka Simmons. "She was an inspiration, and she was extremely passionate about her job."
Because of Trimnal, she said, "students have a greater knowledge and understanding of diversity and a much better sense of international mindedness."
On Friday, the school district sent counselors to help students and staff.
"Counselors here from the district have done an excellent job in providing the staff a break and providing students an opportunity to talk if they need to," Simmons said.
Trimnal died at Piedmont Medical Center after the accident, York County Coroner Sabrina Gast said.
The accident - involving a van, a pickup and a school bus - occurred just before 5 p.m. Thursday on Reservation Road near S.C. 5 outside Catawba, said Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson of the Highway Patrol. The vehicles were traveling south.
Three other people, including the bus driver, were taken to Piedmont Medical Center for treatment, Robinson said. No students were on the bus.
In the van with Trimnal were Jud Christensen, 34, who was driving, and Kathy Christensen, 33. Whitney Wade, 48, was driving the school bus. All three had been treated and released by Friday morning.
Kenneth Philbeck, 46, the driver of the pickup, was not injured.
The Highway Patrol's Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team was still investigating the crash on Friday afternoon, said Cpl. Bryan McDougald.