Students Honor Newtown Victims by Helping Others

For a homeroom class at Wheeling Park High School, simply talking about their feelings on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was not enough.

They knew they had to do something to help and to remember.

Students in teacher Mark Fetty’s homeroom class volunteered their time at the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling this week as a productive way to honor the young victims of the tragic shooting that occurred one year ago in Newtown, Conn.

Students helped serve food and acted as “Santa’s helpers” while Santa handed out presents to children.

According to Fetty, shortly after the shooting last year, his homeroom students spent a lot of time talking about the tragedy and what they could do in response.

As a result, the students decided to do some kind of volunteer work at least once a month in the victims’ honor.

“Several of my students have participated in this on a regular basis,” Fetty said. “I am very proud of them.”

The students have also brought in teddy bears to place on their homeroom’s wall in remembrance of each victim of the shooting.

Each teddy bear has a photo of one of the victims pinned to it.

Fetty said the students will bring the teddy bears with them after graduation in May to their next destination in life, so the memory of that particular student or staff member will live on with each student.