East Texas students write 'hope notes' for Parkland,Fl

East Texas students write 'hope notes' for Parkland,Fl

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - East Texas has found a way to reach out to those affected by the shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Created through a summer empowerment program, hope notes are meant to heal and inspire those in need.

"We've written hope notes to our young people in our Gregg County juvenile detention center and even or Gregg county jail," Pine Tree PACE Principal Sholonda Adams.

Just five weeks after the deadly shooting, PACE has enlisted help from Longview and Spring Hill ISD to write hope notes for those at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

"Our goal is to actually complete 4,000 hope notes to be able to send because of the student population and the staff," Adams said.

In a two-hour conference focusing on how to help prevent violence, students were encouraged to dig deep and write from their heart.

"If you read them, you tear up," Adams said. "As you read the words of empowerment, encouragement and healing that our students and our young people especially, they are just writing such wonderful words."

The conference also allowed students to discuss how they are feeling about the violence happening in schools across the country.

"We talked about how to cope with things, that what you could do yourself could help people have a better day," Pine Tree High School student Destiny Jackson said.

Not limiting themselves to just schools, the students were encouraged to try to change the community as well.

"We are all about promoting non-violence throughout our community, specifically targeting Longview."

And as they branch out, they want inspire others to write hope notes.

"Just asking anybody that can email us, Facebook message us a note and we will hand write that,; myself, one of my staff or students," Adams said.

The Pine Tree PACE campus will be accepting hope notes until March 29.

Once the school has received all of the hope notes, the goal is for Adams to hand deliver them to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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