Updated 12/20/2012 07:41 AM
Frankfort-Schuyler sends their love to Newtown families
In addition to holding their own vigil, parents, students and teachers in the Frankfort-Schuyler School District will also be sending a symbol of their support to Newtown, Connecticut. Our Cara Thomas has more on the unique effort going on there.
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FRANKFORT, N.Y. -- "We find ourselves asking why. Why did such a tragedy take place?" asked Robert Reina, Superintendent of the Frankfort-Schuyler School District.
In the face of sadness and confusion, a group of about 100 students, their parents, and 17 staff members from Frankfort-Schuyler Schools attended a candlelight vigil Wednesday night.
Andrea Cordero, a School Guidance Councilor, said, "This is devastating. Those poor kids, those poor families. It was just heartbreaking."
"Why would somebody do this to innocent little children of 6 and 7 years old? It was just amazing to me?" asked Rebecca Gillette, a senior at Frankfort-Schuyler.
It was a few months ago that students at Frankfort-Schuyler formed a club to honor one of the victims of another school shooting. The girl's name was Rachel Scott. She died at Columbine.
"Her belief was to spread compassion and kindness and through that her hope was to start a chain reaction of compassion and kindness," said Cordero.
Now these "Friends of Rachel" have their first mission; sending kindness, love and hundreds of stuffed animals to the children and families affected by the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
"Live in the moment, and not to let the bad things overcome and not to leave your house without saying I love you to your parents and without letting people know you care about them everyday," said Gillette.
"We will honor you and the memories of your precious angels by remaining hopeful, by keeping you in our prayers and by living our lives with kindness, compassion, love and the desire to believe in the best of other people," said Superintendent Reina.
And it's the hope that these lessons learned from one tragedy a decade ago, will help heal the hearts of those now suffering in Newtown.
Funeral services in Newtown are expected to continue the rest of the week. Two victims were laid to rest in Connecticut on Wednesday. Seven-year-old Daniel Barden and a teacher, 27 year old Victoria Soto. And the funeral for another 6-year-old victim, Catherine Hubbard, is expected to be held Thursday.