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Moffat County students prepare banner for Arapahoe High School

Moffat County High School junior Diamond Craig, left, and sophomore Brandon Christensen hold up a banner signed by MCHS students on behalf of the student body of Arapahoe High School. Members of Student Council hope to have everyone in the school sign it or write a personal message before sending it.

Moffat County High School's Student Council is hoping to turn something negative into something positive.

Starting Wednesday morning, the students and staff of MCHS began a project involving a banner intended for the people of Centennial's Arapahoe High School following the shooting that occurred there Dec. 13, in which one student was critically injured and the gunman — also a student — committed suicide.

The banner already is covered with signatures and messages of hope from MCHS, so much so that a second portion had to be added. Student Council hopes to have a contribution from everyone in the school before sending the banner to Arapahoe on Friday.

MCHS junior Calden Scranton, student body president, said he hoped the gesture would be meaningful to those coping with the aftermath of the shooting. For him, the news was troubling coming almost exactly one year after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

"That upset me a lot, because I'm passionate about children and education, so it bothers me that stuff like that happens in our society," he said. "It's close to home, here."

Sophomore Brandon Christensen said his family has been praying for those affected by the incident.

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"We were really shocked," he said.

While searching for the right words to put in her message, junior Marissa Butler said being sympathetic to the people impacted was important to her.

"This is a time when we all need to pull together for each other," she said.

Sophomore Hannah Reynolds said she didn't think the banner necessarily would make those at Arapahoe High School forget what had happened to them, but the solidarity behind the act is an idea she feels is just as worthwhile.

"They could use support," she said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.