Central Indiana Schools are sending prayers, messages of encouragement and love to the victims of the Connecticut school shooting.
The Kiddie Academy of Fishers is collecting stuffed animals to give to the 600 students of Sandy Hook Elementary that survived the shooting. The drive is part of a national effort to send the toys as a sign of support and caring for those coping with the loss in the wake of the shooting.
“There are people that don’t even know them that are thinking about them and praying for them,” said Teffenie Davies, Owner of Kiddie Academy.
Also in Fishers, students at Riverside Junior High School made a banner, collected signatures and wore the Sandy Hook Elementary School colors to show their support. The banner and several pictures will be sent to the Newtown School District.
At Mt. Vernon Middle School, an idea the school’s principal had on the way into work is now a school-wide effort. Students and staff members are making cards this week to send to the school.
Principal John Price said it’s an example of the compassion and caring his students have for those who were directly affected by the tragedy.
“What happened is just so tragic and we really care. I can’t imagine what those folks are going through, but I want them to know that we do care here in Central Indiana,” said Price.
Sam Bricker, 7th-grader, said his card was the hardest thing he had ever written.
“When they’re thinking life isn’t very good, they can look at it and think someone does care about me and say, ‘I do matter,'” said Bricker.
Student Lauren Pilkington’s message was simple, but she hopes it makes a big impact.
“We’re all thinking about them and that God bless them,” said Pilkington.
Mt. Vernon collected nearly 100 personalized cards on the first day of the campaign.
“It’s nice writing a handwritten letter. It’s from the heart,” said Haylea Addison, 7th-grader.
The school hopes to have its 600 cards ready to be mailed by the end of the week.