So. Fla. students donate turtle sculpture to Newtown survivors
BAY HARBOR ISLANDS, Fla. (WSVN) -- Some South Florida grade school children donated a loggerhead turtle sculpture to the students of Sandy Hook Elementary.
The Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center and the Town of Surfside made the generous gesture to the survivors of the Newtown, Conn. massacre as a healing gesture.
The sculpture, named "Ruth," was decorated by the students themselves. Sandy Hook Elementary had a beloved pet turtle named Shelley.
The students who worked on the project are hoping Ruth and Shelley can bring students peace and hope. "Well, suppose they have negatives," said Jorge Cortes, one of the students who worked on the sculpture. "We're gonna turn [them] into a positive by giving them this masterpiece that our classroom made," he continued.
Adam Lanza opened fire on students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary Dec. 14, killing 20 children and six adults. The gunman also killed his mother and would take his own life, as well.
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