Elementary students raise funds for family of 1 October victim

Elementary students raise funds for family of 1 October victim (Gerard Ramalho | KSNV)

Some student council members from Robert Lunt Elementary are celebrating quite an achievement.

Even though they're still very young, they know full well that Las Vegas recently suffered one of the worst tragedies in the history of our country.

"I felt so sorry for all the families who lost someone they loved," said one 5th grader at the school.

58 people were killed on October 1, 2017. Among them was 21-year-old Erick Silva, a security guard who died while trying to save others.

Someone else who was there that night: Ms. Tavernetti, a teacher from their school.

"So my roommate and I had seen him that night, and didn't know who he was. We just recognized the yellow shirt, 'cause he was working security. Then when the list of the victim's names came out with the pictures, we knew right away that was who we had seen," said Tavernetti.

After discussing with Ms. Tavernetti, the student council decided they would try to raise some funds for Erick's family.

"So we gave them these cups, and at 3:15, at the end of the day, we would go pick them up," said one 4th grader.

The cups were given to every classroom. The autism class even made Vegas Strong bracelets to sell for $2 a piece.

"We got an opportunity to help somebody we didn't even know," said another 4th grader.

In one month’s time the students raised $1500. The money will handed over to Erick’s family at a special assembly at the school on Tuesday.

For the students, it was a lesson a charity. For Ms. Tavernetti, it was a confirmation in humanity itself.

"You're giving a family something they would not have been able to receive had you not had this idea," Tavernetti said.

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