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Reading tribute to Sandy Hook victims

By Kimberly Davidow, Reporter
Published On: Dec 20 2012 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 21 2012 06:57:17 PM CST

Reading tribute to Sandy Hook victims

READING, Pa. -

An elementary school in Reading planned a special event Friday to pay tribute to the little angles of Sandy Hook.

Thirteenth and Green Elementary School in Reading started their day on Friday with a moment of silence remembering all those who lost their lives last week in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Students and teachers worked together to come up with how they can pay their respects to remember the 27 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. They decided to have a memorial procession at 9:30 in the morning.

"Teachers were coming to us, can we do the walk, can we make candles," said Principal Chasity Cooper.

"Some of the students I passed as I led them through the hallways, some of the students I passed had tears in their eyes," said Paige Weitzel, assistant principal of 13th and Green Elementary School, "They understood the magnitude of what we were representing today."

One by one, the victims names were read aloud. Over 700 students grades first through fifth marched into the
gymnasium of the school. Cooper stated what students and faculty saw on the projection monitor brought tears to everyone's' eyes.

"The Sandy Hook school song, which is what really brought it together. In complete silence, over 700 students walking in complete silence for 27 minutes. Wow, is all I can say, I'm speechless," said Cooper.

"We can't change the past, but we've has fundraisers, we've had people wear green and white today which are the Sandy Hook school colors," said Bryan Sanguinito, president of the Reading Education Association.

Students raised close to $200 dollars, which will go to the Sandy Hook fund. Some students created shirts with the names of the victims who were children at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"Your heart sinks," said Weitzel.

At 13th and Green Elementary School, Cooper stated those who lost their lives will forever be remembered.

"As long as I'm here, this is what we'll be doing in each anniversary," said Cooper.