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‘Eagles to Eagles’: third-grader sends love to Florida school

LINCOLN (SNR) – Isis Miller, a third-grader from the Cathedral of the Risen Christ School in Lincoln, spearheaded an effort to create spiritual bouquets and letters to send to students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., during the week of March 5.

Seventeen people—14 students and three teachers—were killed Feb. 14 when a gunman opened fire at the Florida school. The students returned to classes Feb. 28.

Stoneman Douglas and Cathedral schools share a mascot, and the campaign, called “Eagles to Eagles,” was inspired by Isis’s efforts to do 20 good deeds in Lent.

Isis shared her idea with her principal, Jeremy Ekeler. In an interview with the local ABC affiliate, KLKN-TV Channel 8 News, Ekeler said he found her idea refreshing.

“All the adults were talking about policy and mental health and security,” Ekeler told Channel 8.  “Isis came forward and a child told us, ‘what about love and connection?  And they share our mascot, let’s do something for them.’”

The piece was eventually featured on the social media feed for Good Morning America where it was viewed by hundreds of thousands across the country.

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