Students at Moore High School won a national competition for their efforts in spreading the message of safety and encouraging students to “Say Something.” Friday, a special person from the Sandy Hook Promise flew in to personally reward their efforts with a $10,000 check.
Nearly three years ago in Newtown, Connecticut, Nicole Hockley's 6-year-old son Dylan was killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“No parent should ever go through that,” she said as she fought tears. “So giving something positive from his life and saving lives in his name and helping protect other kids when he couldn’t be protected – that is part of what drives me forward.”
Another part of what drives her forward – the students at Moore High School. Hockley said they are helping her cope.
“They energize and inspire me in ways that they probably can’t ever comprehend,” she said.
In October, the students organized an entire week dedicated to Nicole's 'Sandy Hook Promise' of working to prevent gun-related violence.
“You can talk to anyone here. You feel safe. This is a safe environment for you to express yourself,” said freshman Paige Peterson.
They signed a pledge to speak up and made a powerful video that went viral.
Nicole said she was moved by their video and their dedication to keeping her promise. “I get chills just thinking about it,” she told News 9.
Plans for the money have not yet been set in stone. School officials said they plan to meet and decide exactly how it will fund different safety projects.