Fifth Graders Create Cards for Boston Bombing Victims

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter

WELLMAN, Iowa - A handful of fifth graders are using their art skills to help the victims of the Boston bombings.

Their goal is simple: to send a nice message to cheer them up.

"Stay strong and believe, get well soon," read Fifth Grader Aubrey Fay from a card. "I also hope you have a day full of joy.

Students had plenty of words of encouragement.

"Dear Boston, Get well soon, we wish the best for you," said Fifth Grader Cierra Thurman. "I hope you feel better, thanks."

"We felt bad that Boston got bombed and that a lot of people are in the hospital and that the little boy died," said Fifth Grader Mary Fisher.

Fisher, 11, came up with the idea to make homemade cards. As it usually goes in grade school, she also got her friends involved.

"I told Aubrey and then she kind of spread it around all of the girls in our class and they all made cards," Fisher said.

The girls developed a big goal, to make 100 cards.

There was a whole bunch of people injured, so we felt we should make a whole bunch of cards just to try to get as many people a card as we could," said Fifth Grader Aubrey Fay.

"My favorite part is how we're going to send them to the people in the hospitals and stuff and to make them feel better about what happened and stuff," Thurman said.

They worked on their project during their free time at Wellman Elementary School. Fifth grade teacher Michelle Bessman has been watching their progress.

"I think it's a good way for them to express how they feel about it and their support of the victims, and I'm very proud of them for thinking of that idea on their own," Bessman said.

The girls are excited to get the cards in the mail, hoping this project is one way they can make a difference after the tragedy.

"I feel like really great about it," Thurman said.

The girls plan to get all one hundred cards in the mail by Thursday. Their parents are helping them find the addresses to get them to the right location.
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