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Merrill students write letters of hope to Okla. victims


When elementary students in Merrill heard of the devastation in Oklahoma, they immediately decided to help. Merrill was hit with a tornado two years ago. 

"We had an EF-3 and they had an EF-5 and I can't imagine how much worse that would be," said fourth grader Sawyer Schmitz.

When the tornado hit Merrill, homes and businesses were destroyed.

"My family was hiding in the basement, and my brother and sister and I were all really scared," said Schmitz.

Students at Jefferson Elementary School wanted those in Oklahoma to know they're thinking about them.

"Dear friend, I would like to let you know that you are not alone," said fourth grader Andrew Tritten.

The entire class wrote cards with messages of compassion and encouragement.

"I hope you can recover from everything. It's OK, your friend, Jordan," said Jordan Brzoznowski.

Many of the other letters were of hope.

"I'm sorry a lot that you lost your family or friends, and I hope that you can keep a smile on your face," said fourth grader Vanessa Bayer.

"I am so sorry for your loss in your city. I hope all of you feel better. The sun will protect you from the storms. Your friend from far away, Mason William Scott Forehand," said Forehand as he read his card aloud to his classmates.

Teachers say they hope these cards will help Oklahoma heal.

"Things like that can happen, but we get through it because of how we all reach out and help each other," said fourth grade teacher Karla Kroll.

The students hope to send the cards to the victims in Oklahoma next week.

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