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Students unite to help Sandy Hook

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

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Area high school students hope to raise thousands of dollars by week’s end for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Butler High School senior Mac Morris started the fundraiser over the weekend with the Twitter hashtag #CMSforNewtown.

“I was thinking on Friday night how sad it all was and that it was such a shame that we weren’t doing anything about it,” Morris said. “So I decided to do something.”

By Monday, schools from Porter Ridge High School in Indian Trail to West Mecklenburg High School had expressed interest in participating, Morris said.

“That’s why Twitter’s such a great tool for us to spread the news,” Butler senior Angela Pak said. “I don’t know who these people are but they’ve seen mentions on Twitter and they just contacted Mac and said they wanted to join.”

Students also asked officials to light the Duke Energy Center in uptown Charlotte green to honor the victims. The Connecticut school’s colors are green and white.

Students throughout the district also planned to wear green during the week as well.

“It’s really refreshing that our students who are future adults and leaders of this country have so sensitively and genuinely responded,” Providence High School Principal Tracey Harrill said. “High school kids are great about wanting to do something and wanting to take action. They make us proud.”

Morris said he’s confident students will be able to raise $10,000 by Friday.

From there, Morris said organizers will put all the money raised in Butler’s PTSO fund before they ultimately send a check to the Connecticut organization, Newtown Connecticut Youth & Family Services, which students hope will use the money to help pay for funeral services for the victims. Another hope is that the organization will use the money to help fund a memorial for the victims.

“After all the evil we’ve seen, there’s still good within our schools and our generation who said, ‘It’s time to make a change and it’s time to raise money to help after such an awful event,’ ” Morris said.

Arriero: 704-777-7070; Twitter: @earriero
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