By Laura Colvin
Kuna Melba News editor
Sentiments were the same in several places across the Kuna School District last week.
At Indian Creek Elementary, office manager Paige Morrill wanted to reach out to the families devastated by the shooting that took the lives of 20 young children and six adults Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary.
“There are similarities between their school and ours,” she said. “They’re K-4, we’re K-3. We’re both in rural communities. I knew we had to do something; I wanted to let them know we care.”
On Wednesday she told Indian Creek Principal Brian Graves what she wanted to do, and, after getting the OK, got to work.
Morrill placed 26 angels along a long banner, each with the name of a lost child, a lost adult.
“That really brought it home,” she said. “Cutting out each of the angels, and thinking about each one of them.”
The banner also includes a photo of each class at Indian Creek, and paper hearts decorated by students.
By Friday, the banner was ready for packaging and a trip to the post office.
“It’s a gesture from our school to theirs,” said Graves. “Our kids wanted to do something—of course the knowledge and understanding of a kindergartener is different than a sixth grader—but this let them do something good for other kids.”
At Kuna High School, student Cheyenne Young-Stanley, a member of the cheer team and a regular volunteer at one of the district’s elementary schools, said she also felt driven to reach out to the Newtown, Conn. community after the tragedy.
Two television news crews and at least a hundred students and others showed up Thursday, Dec. 20 for an event, which was planned as a candlelight vigil but got moved into the high school commons at the last minute due to windy cold weather and the discovery of a disconnected public address system on the football field.
In addition to words shared by Young-Stanley, the crowd also joined in singing “Silent Night.”
Attendees grew especially somber and still as the name of each victim was read out loud.