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Hearts for Sandy Hook

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Students at Royal View Elementary, North Royalton Students at Royal View Elementary, North Royalton
NORTH ROYALTON, OHIO (WOIO) -

Students and staff at Royal View Elementary in North Royalton are taking time to try and make others feel a little better.  The students here taking time out of class to make seven hundred heart shaped pillows, one for every student and staff member at Sandy Hook.

"I just think it's human nature, you want to give back and show people you care about them.  It really touched me being a teacher, that the students are going through those things, they need our love," said Royal View teacher Antonietta Wanko, one of the organizers of the project.

The project was put together not only out of compassion, it also, according to Royal View principal Kirk Pavelich, fits the schools mission of developing leadership skills. 

"We said, what would be a project that could help a school in need that would allow our students to exhibit those leadership skills to step up and help others," Pavelich said.

"I hope they feel happy about the hearts were making for them and I hope they feel a lot better in their school," said third grader Marlena Doehrmann.

The kids held a fundraiser to pay for the pillows. Local businesses Kynie Technology, Scanlon Enterprises and Cleveland Hermetic stepped up and helped with cash, boxes for shipping and the shipping costs.

The pillows have a tag attached that says, "A little comfort heart sent your way to help you through these loving days."

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