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Vista students send letters of love and positivity to El Paso elementary schools

Posted at 6:08 PM, Aug 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-30 21:08:10-04

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - Students at Rancho Minerva Middle School in Vista are sending love to a city still grieving after a mass shooting.

Jessica Ward, a 6th and 8th-grade teacher at Minerva, was inspired to act after seeing a Facebook post:

"Hello. We are teachers in El Paso. We would like to know if anyone is interested in sending us postcards to help our students know there is plenty of good in our world. As teachers, we may only be able to say so much. We think concrete messages of support would help us calm some fears. Any thoughts?"

Ward and her more than 160 students got to work, creating letters filled with love, support, funny jokes, and positivity.

"I just hope this small little gesture will bring happiness and positivity to their lives," said Ward.

Ward also showed the students news clips of the tragedy, answering questions about what happened less than a month ago.

"It's just something I like to be open about, so they understand that it's important to talk about. It's not something that should be silenced, it's something that everyone should be aware of, and part of the fight is talking about it," said Ward.

In this lesson, students learned that while only in 6th grade, anyone can send love and light into darkness.