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WCSD Thanks Community in Wake of Sparks Middle School Tragedy

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From the Washoe County School District:

The Washoe County School District (WCSD) is extending its thanks to the people of Washoe County and across the country who have stepped forward to help Sparks Middle School students and staff as they recover from the tragedy that claimed two lives and left two students injured on Oct. 21.

"We are tremendously grateful for the outpouring of care and concern that came from all corners of our community when we needed it most," said Board President Barbara Clark. "Our District is a family in every sense of the word, and on behalf of the Board of Trustees, our students, staff members, and their families, I want to express my profound gratitude."

Dozens of businesses and community agencies donated food, blankets, clothing, childcare, and other goods and services to students, staff members, and families at Sparks Middle School. Students sent well wishes, banners, posters, and messages of hope in the wake of the shooting that left math teacher Michael Landsberry and the young suspect dead. Two students continue to recover from injuries received in the incident.

"This incident was a terrible shock to our entire community," said Superintendent Pedro Martinez. "It was a traumatic event for students and staff, but the support received from our psychologists, counselors, staff members, and students from other schools and from districts all over the United States has helped begin the long process of recovery. I am deeply grateful to everyone who helped us and continues to offer support."

Messages of support have come from all parts of the District and the country. Students from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT sent prayer shawls, while Columbine High School in Colorado sent a banner bearing signatures of its students. The Air National Guard in Reno sent a picture of Mr. Landsberry with signatures from each of the guard members. Local middle school students sent banners signed by their students: Cold Springs Middle School students traced outlines of their hands and signed their names on their banner; and Depoali Middle School students formed a chain of paper links upon which they signed their names.

As a way to thank the entities and individuals who have generously contributed to recovery efforts at Sparks Middle School, WCSD has set up a website listing their names at http://www.washoe.k12.nv.us/community/sms?_lang=en

From the Washoe County School District

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