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Students learn lesson in compassion with letters for tornado responders

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Students at Polo Road Elementary make cards for first responders in Moore, OK Students at Polo Road Elementary make cards for first responders in Moore, OK
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

If you could receive a grade in compassion, the students at Polo Road Elementary deserve an A+. Especially 6-year-old Annabelle Jones.

"They are part world and all of the world is important," said Jones.

Jones is talking about the first responders in Moore, OK. After seeing their brave faces amid the devastation, she felt moved to do something

"I thought that I could make cards so it can cheer them up," she said.

Even though she's tiny, she's thinking big. She wanted the whole school to get involved and announced her plans during their student newscast. They said it was a good idea.

Class after class Wednesday took out their colored pencils and expressed their heartfelt thanks to the first responders.

"Sorry for all the people that lost their homes and school," wrote 2nd grader Collin McDaniel.  "Thank you for all the people who are trying to save and people who have saved the people in Oklahoma.  I'm very sorry that so people have lost their homes in the tornado."

McDaniel has family who felt the destruction of the tornado.

"My dad's aunt, her house hot kind of like ripped in half the second floor came off and part of the first floor got torn down so that was pretty sad," he said.

It's moments like these when compassion is learned, said Assistant Principal Cori Jimenez.

"Students sometimes feel like they can't do a lot because they are young and a lot of their life is dictated by their parents," said Jimenez. "But this is something they can do so it's great that they can take ownership of this and feel like they contributed so we are just so happy with Annabelle and that she had this idea."

The over 400 cards made by students will be mailed to the American Red Cross in Oklahoma Friday.

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