That afternoon, their principal announced who won the decorating contest. Students in Lexy’s homeroom class enjoyed a prize of hot chocolate and cookies.
“It made me feel great inside to be able to honor little kids who would have had a bright future, but it was taken from them,” Leah said. “We will have that chance and we are happy to have a chance to honor them.”
On the Friday before students left school for Christmas break, Hunking, as did other schools and churches across the nation, rang its bell 26 times, marking the one-week anniversary of the Connecticut shootings.
“I was in the office,’’ Lexy said, “and every bell that rang broke your heart more and more.’’