Words of support celebrating the teen's survival could be seen painted on a giant boulder outside Buena Vista High School on Tuesday.
The rock is a popular spot for students to celebrate football victories and show school spirit, Principal Brian Yates said. As word spread about the Johnsons' deaths Monday night, he said, a group of students repainted it to honor them.
They painted a blue cross and a red heart, and in big letters, "FOR THE JOHNSONS." Smaller notes are scrawled nearby, like "Never forgotten," "Your spirits live on" and "Stay strong, Gracie."
Together, the Johnsons were deeply involved in their community, Yates said.
Kiowa was a senior at the school and a star athlete.
Dwayne was a football coach known for the way he connected with players. Dawna waited tables at two restaurants to support her family but still had time to help coach track.
"They were like parents to all of us," Yates said.
As those who knew them in Buena Vista grieve, they are also offering words of encouragement to the teen who survived the deadly rock slide.
"I'm so happy that you're still here for your brother and for your family," family friend Anna Yates said Tuesday when asked what she'd like to tell Gracie. "You're just a miracle. Everyone has faith in you."
After all, she said, Faith is Gracie's middle name.