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Arapahoe students making blankets for Berrendo students

Created: 01/30/2014 6:27 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A special bond is growing between the students of Berrendo Middle School in Roswell and Arapahoe High School in Colorado.

Both schools were the scenes of shootings.

The Colorado kids visited Roswell last weekend.

And as KOB Eyewitness News 4 found, they also left something behind.

The Arapahoe students made the Berrendo students 100 blankets, and they’re already working on more.

Bags and bags of blankets, no two are the same.

Arapahoe students are making one blanket for every child at Berrendo.

“The theory behind the blanket is when you wrap it around yourself like a shawl, it's like a hug.  These are like the arms being wrapped around you," said Natasha Mackey.

Mackey is a Roswell mom who helped get the two groups together.

“You know when you're having one of those moments where you're experiencing the tragedy all over again, you'll be able to go use that blanket," said Mackey.

The Arapahoe students also wrote 400 personal letters for the Roswell kids.

One reads, “From a warrior to a bulldog, I know that things are hard right now, push through it and I promise things will get better with time.”

“She thought it was really nice of them doing something like that for them.  That they really cared for them," said Kathy Vegara.

Vegara said her granddaughter is still getting messages.

“Yeah she's been texting them and getting pretty comfortable with them now and they're just making them feel a lot better," said Vegara.

And it’s working.

The blankets and letters will be given to the school’s parent-teacher organization.

From there the Superintendent tells KOB the gifts must be reviewed by the school board before they are distributed.


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