Puyallup students draw support for landslide victims

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by ZAHID ARAB / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 28 at 6:20 PM

PUYALLUP, Wash. -- In the hands of some Puyallup elementary school students, crayons and pieces of paper are a way to help and comfort kids affected by the Oso landslide.

Wildwood Park Elementary student council members organized a school-wide effort to create handwritten cards to students their age in Darrington.

“We believe kindness is important. They’re going through very troubling times right now and they need to know that we are there to help them,” said Elizabeth Cordes, student council member.

Student Council Advisor Vicki Egeland’s high school friend works for the Darrington School, which has lost a custodian and at least two students from the landslide.

“Thankfully she was ok, but like everyone in the community, they have been grieving greatly at the school,” said Egeland.

“They’re really sad because something fell on their houses,” said Cameron Hopkins, a first grader.

Mrs. Stasak’s first grade class created their cards Friday afternoon to bring a smile to the faces of those affected.

“That’s why there’s hearts all around. I want them to be happy and playing with people,” said Annie, a first grader.

More than 500 cards were sent to the Darrington School.

Past students have created similar projects for those affected by past tragedies including the deadly Sandy Hook shooting, Hurricane Katrina and the World Trade Center attack.
 

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