BRAWLEY — Gathered around a flagpole in the sun, a student-run ceremony at Miguel Hidalgo Elementary School here Wednesday paid tribute to the victims and families of last week's terrorist attacks while participants prayed for the country's well-being.
Sixth-grader Courtney Allen, 11, helped organize the gathering "because everyone seemed so depressed."
About 55 students, teachers and parents attended the ceremony. While participants formed a circle with their bodies and clasped hands, they made spiritual connections as well.
"I think if we spread the word of God it'll make the school a better place," Courtney added.
After reading aloud a letter to America's students from Laura Bush, those gathered sang patriotic songs. The event reached its high point as each person present was given the chance to say what they were feeling or offer a prayer for those affected by the tragedy.
Student organizers hoped the sharing of thoughts would help people open up.