Bradenton kids send help to Sandy Hook

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Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 5:12 pm | Updated: 9:18 pm, Thu Jan 3, 2013.

BRADENTON - Samoset Elementary School in Bradenton has around six hundred students, the majority of which receive free and reduced lunch. It's a facility that gets a lot of financial assistance from the government.

But in the wake of what happened at Sandy Hook, this school that is often on the receiving end of help, is now doing what it can to give back to those in need.

At times like these, it's the simple words of a child, that often say more than most others can.

"My heart is like two sizes too small that day," said fourth grader Deven Wilson.

"My heart just like exploded when I heard that because it's really sad," said Nayeli Toledo, another fourth grader.

And what better words to comfort the kids of Sandy Hook, than the words of kids just like them.

"Even though we don't know them, just know that we actually care about them," said Toledo.

Samoset's fourth graders are writing, cutting, coloring, and crafting to send a message strong and clear to the kids of Newtown, Connecticut.

"So we came together, we got out our paper, we started making our cards," said teacher Emily Lorenzen.

She says activities like this help the students in Bradenton just as much as they do those in Newtown.

"I told them it's OK to cry, it's OK to be upset," said Lorenzen, "it is a very sad and tragic thing that happened in Connecticut but we're going to do what we can to help ourselves feel better and in the meantime absolutely help them in any way that we can."

They are also making paper snowflakes to send to Newtown, as well as a paper quilt with messages of hope.

"They're helping me to show that I care, and I do care a lot," said fourth grader Jatorri Freeman.

Through all this, the students are learning lessons not found in any textbook: that life is fragile, sometimes ugly things happen, and that words written, can often speak much louder than words said out loud.

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