Students building chains of hope |

Students building chains of hope

Jill Darby

South Shore students are linking efforts to bring a little brightness to lives which have been drastically altered by last week’s terrorist attacks on Washington D.C. and New York.

Students are making “hope chains,” which will be sent to the Pentagon and World Trade Center at the end of the week.

St. Theresa Catholic School third-grade teacher Jeanette Winslow started the trend by asking her students to make chain links depicting drawings, prayers or other words of hope. Winslow passed the idea to St. Theresa teacher Liz Ferguson, who passed it to Kingsbury Middle School teacher Wendy Smith. Smith brought in Zephyr Cove Elementary School and contacted Whittell High School, as well.

According to Ferguson, most Lake Tahoe Unified School District schools also are working on individual chains, which will be linked with the others to make two giant ropes of hope.

“It’s therapeutic for the kids to do something toward the cause of helping these victims,” Smith said Tuesday. “They can’t give blood. They can’t give money, but this is something they can give from the heart.”

Kingsbury student Abby Kingman wrote the following message on her chain link:

“I pray for all the firemen, policemen and that everyone else is found alive under the building. I also hope everyone has found who they’re looking for.”

Kingsbury Middle School eighth-grader Maria Tracy wrote:

“May God comfort you guys during this time. Remember God is always there to comfort you.”

Brittney Stone, a sixth-grader at Kingsbury, said she is glad she participated in making the chains.

“It’s good because it helps out the families who lost loved ones,” she said. “It helps them understand that we care about them even though we’re far away.”

Eighth-grader Holly O’Brien shared similar sentiments.

“It’s important to show the New York people that us people over on the West Coast really do care about what happened and we feel really bad about it,” she said. “It’s horrible.”

Students’ families and school staff members also made links and Ferguson said she hopes to send the chains Friday in refrigerator boxes.

“What I wrote on my chain is that the revolution won this country and we’re not going to let anyone take it from us,” said Jayme Lowe,13. “We’re not just going to let someone come in here and do that.”

Ferguson said all of the schools that participated in making the chains will be listed on the boxes before they are shipped.

Anyone interested in donating money toward postage to send hope chains to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the World Trade Center in New York, may stop by St. Theresa School, or call (530) 544-8944.

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