Waukesha North students gather letters, money for Newtown

CREATED Dec 17, 2012

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WAUKESHA - Security is tighter the first full school day after the Newtown shooting, but Waukesha North High School students wanted to make sure that was not their only response.

"We came up with the idea with Ordinary Heroes, to write letters to all of the first responders, the children affected, the families affected by the shooting," said junior Adam Kouhel.

TODAY'S TMJ4 asked two juniors to share what they put down.

Elizabeth Barthel wrote, "In Psalm 34:18, it is even written, the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  Our country, though we can hardly fathom your pain, is here mourning and grieving alongside you."

Student Ross Laedtke made a colorful heart using the names of the children who died.

"Rather than just a number of how many, see each individual and personal name," he explained.

Senior Crystal Herrington is urging friends to pitch in spare lunch money or allowance.  She wants to send the donations for counseling expenses in Newtown.

"Really felt this overwhelming feeling of grief and just that I needed to do something about this," she said.

In teacher Julie Kabitzke's classroom, there were breaks from textbooks to let students speak their minds.

"They kind of wanted to know even the layout of our room, where would we go.  I think you have to address that as a teacher," Kabitzke told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray.

The group Ordinary Heroes is urging everyone to send letters to Newtown.  The post office set up a special mailbox for condolences:

Messages of Condolence for Newtown
PO Box 3700
Newtown CT 06470