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Well wishes for Boston victims

Fifth-grade Wellman girls make cards
By Xiomara Levsen | Apr 25, 2013

WELLMAN—A group of fifth-grade girls at Wellman Elementary School have made over 100 cards for the Boston Marathon bombing victims.
Mary Fisher, daughter of Terry and Karri Fisher, and Aubrey Fay, daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth Fay, came up with the idea of making the cards after seeing coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings.
“We have 132 cards right now,” Fay said. “Originally we wanted to do 100 and then more people started making them.”
They hope to mail the cards to the victims today or tomorrow. Fisher and Fay got the idea to make cards for the victims after seeing some of the victims on TV.
“I came home and started watching the TV and thought that was just so sad,” Fisher said.
“Then she texted me and I looked it up on the computer and I saw what had happened,” Fay said, “and I felt really bad.”
Almost, immediately they knew that they wanted to do something.
They chatted back and forth for a while and decided handmade cards would be a great way to show their support to the victims.
Fay and Fisher weren’t alone in their project. They had several friends volunteer to help them.
Sarah Thurman was one of those volunteers.
“It’s nice to do it because it helps people feel better,” Sara Thurman said.
Thurman found out she had a distant relative who ran the Boston Marathon before the bombings happened.
“I came home and my grandma told me about it,” Thurman said. “It’s a cousin of mine and he had finished the race an hour before the bombings happened.”
None of the cards would have been made without the support from their fifth grade teacher Michelle Bessman. She gave the girls time in class to make the cards.
“I think it’s pretty awesome that they want to do something for people who have been in such a tragedy,” Wellman Elementary fifth-grade teacher Michelle Bessman said. “I think it’s good for them to have a personal connection to trying to help others.”
Mid-Prairie Superintendent Mark Schneider said he had just heard about the cards.
“I think that’s great,” he said. “There is always some type of community service going on in the district.”
Wellman Elementary School principal Evan Parrott also said he was proud of the girls.
“I think the thought of making the cards is wonderful,” he said.

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