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Sparks Middle School Students Attend Free Weekend in Tahoe

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The healing process continues 3 months after a shooting at Sparks Middle School. This weekend some students will go to a retreat to connect with people who've experienced a similar situation.

The Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church helped organize this weekend's South Lake Tahoe retreat entitled 'Jan Jam.'

I talked to one of the special guests who survived the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado almost 15 years ago.

"My biggest hope for the weekend is that the kids come away with a sense of hope and that this won't always be the biggest event in their world and I think that's the hardest thing to understand when you're in the middle of it," says Christine Bell.

Christine was a junior at Columbine when the shooting happened there back on April 20th, 1999. She says she's looking forward to hanging out with the Sparks Middle School students and sharing her experiences as part of the healing process.

The best part is, it's all free for them thanks to the community's help.

The girls headed down to south shore Friday, while the boys go there Saturday.

Heavenly Mountain Resort is letting the kids go tubing and ride on the gondola. They'll also be fed and will have a place to sleep at the Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center.

Parents who dropped off their kids for the weekend are hoping this will help the healing process.

"So she can get some closure on the things that happened and we just think it would be a good experience for her to get out with other kids her age that were having the same experience," says Eric Hefley of Sun Valley.

Now the girls trip is already underway, but the boys will leave tomorrow and boys that currently attend Sparks Middle School are still welcome to sign up. To do that call the Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church at 424-3622.

Written by Adam Varahachaikol

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