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Westerville Students Dedicate Garden to Newtown Victims

Updated: Monday, May 6 2013, 05:31 PM EDT
WESTERVILLE (Ashley Yore/Ken Hines) -- A group of central Ohio middle schoolers took advantage of an class assignment to construct a moving tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Students from Westerville’s North Pointe Program for at-risk kids were tasked with creating a garden outside Heritage Middle School in celebration of Earth Day. The students decided to dedicate the garden to the victims of December's shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Sixth-grader Cameron Smittle hopes the memorial garden will help bring peace to the loved ones of the children killed during the massacre.

“Their children will always be with them in their hearts and their mind and soul, and all of that would be with them forever, and maybe they'll get to see them someday,” Smittle said.

The garden is heart-shaped and includes a bench at its center that bears the names of each victim. Balloons were released into the sky during the garden's unveiling on Monday.

The students came up with the idea for the memorial on their own, and pitched their vision to Home Depot, which sponsored the project. Westerville Students Dedicate Garden to Newtown Victims

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