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St. Johnsbury Academy, a private school where Jenkins taught science and coached freshman girls' basketball, will host a memorial service for her on Friday in the gymnasium.

Students and staff will be encouraged to break dress code and wear pink, a color the school said Jenkins wore often, to celebrate her life and raise money for the Melissa Jenkins Memorial Fund.

"We can now turn our full attention to healing from this tragic loss, celebrating Melissa's life and mourning her death. The words and signs of love and support from around the region, nation, and world have been overwhelming," the school said in a statement.

Students mourned the teacher at a candlelight vigil Tuesday night.

"Now that she's gone, it's like, I don't know how to go on," Ally Ambrose, a junior who had Jenkins as a physics teacher, told the Burlington Free Press. "I don't know how class is going to be anymore."

ABC News' David Meyers contributed to this report

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