Students help Sandy Hook one week later

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GREENSBORO, N.C. --- On their last day of school before Winter Break, Guilford Middle School students created paper snowflakes to send to Newtown, CT.

Six sixth grade classes participated in the project.

It's part of a national PTA effort to collect snowflakes from schools all over America.

They'll be hung up and used to decorate the school where Sandy Hook students will be going after the holidays.

Sixth grade GMS student Edgar Rivera said, "Due to the shooting, there was a lot of sad people so we decided to help them out and decorate their school and know that they're not alone."

Classmate Taylor Garrett added, "We're just trying to make them happy and know that we're praying for them and know that they are awesome."

"If there was any other way that I could help them out besides making snowflakes, I'd give all my life to help these children," continued Rivera.

Carley Swaim, Executive Director of the Volunteer Center of Greensboro, said they've gotten hundreds of calls over the last week.

"We're just getting a flood of calls into the volunteer center of people wanting to do something to help Sandy Hook."

The Center has started several projects to streamline volunteer efforts for Newtown.

They provided supplies to Caesar Cone Elementary School in Greensboro to make cards to send with donations to Newtown.

Fourth grader Kalvin Lomu promised, "We are doing the best we can to help the people."

Third grader Dasia Garner agreed. "It makes me get better because I am very sad right now. Because of the children that are lost."

Cone Elementary Principal Chris Weikart said as the students signed the cards, it gave teachers the opportunity to answer questions about the tragic shootings and local school safety.

"Making the cards- it's been twofold. One, to show their support and love. Two, also for them to do some reflection and have discussion with our teachers, about what's occurred, and help them process it," explained Weikart.

Swaim added, "I was looking at the cards a little while ago, and I got choked up. Because the kids, what they're saying back to the kids, one elementary school to the next, is just so heartfelt and sincere."

Rivera had a message, too.

"To the people out there, know that Sandy Hook's in trouble. Let's give them a little piece of our hearts and see if they can get through it."

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