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Rancho Starbuck students show their hearts to students on East Coast

By Maritza Galvan
La Habra Journal

Heart to Heart Project Students-1The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut back in December was horrible news for many people across the country. The staff and students of Rancho-Starbuck Intermediate School were extremely affected by the news and decided to do something for Sandy Hook.

The Heart-To-Heart project was created by Rancho-Starbuck’s very own art teacher Melanie Artz. She came up with the idea of making and selling ceramic hearts. They were sold between $2 and $4 dollars. These ceramic hearts were sold to as many people who wanted to take part in this. Aside from this being a project at Rancho-Starbuck, it began to spread throughout the community and school district.

“Heart-To-Heart, which means from our hearts to your hearts”, said Superintendent Patricia Howell. She emphasized that the purpose of this project was to do something good for the school.

The sale of ceramic hearts started in late January and ended on the first week of March. After the sale, students and staff made the decision to create more hearts but this time they would be for the Sandy Hook Elementary staff.

The project was a huge success. The ceramic hearts were seen worn everywhere around the city. People who heard about the project wanted to contribute and participate. This charity project collected a total of $3,396.25 and was sent to Sandy Hook Elementary along with the ceramic hearts for each staff member on May 8.

The main goal for this project was to show appreciation for the children and the school staff. Those that contributed wanted the children, parents and staff of Sandy Hook to know that they are cared for by many people across the country. The Heart-To-Heart project proved that even in a very unfortunate event there can still be a ray of light and that people will always come together in a time of need.

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