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Huntington students show support for tornado victims

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HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) -

It's been not even a week since tornadoes hit Moore, Okla. and there has already been an outpouring of support from East Texans.

Huntington Intermediate can be added to that list with the gift of encouragement.

"They've been through some tough stuff the last few days and we might not have given them support early but we're giving it now," said Jacob Watson, a 5th grader at the school,

 The students met today to show emotional support for students at two middle schools affected by the Oklahoma tornadoes.

"They've been talking about it all week and wanted to do something to show their support for those students, knowing they are the same age group," said Principal Ben Wilroy.

"We're fourth graders and knowing third graders lost their lives, it hits too close to home," said Amy Smith, a 4th grade teacher at the school.

The students made supportive signs and wore red, black and white today in honor of the Panthers from Plaza Towers and the Bears from Briarwood. Both of the school's share the same school colors with the Huntington Red Devils.

The support for the schools can be seen on the school's marquee when traveling south through town.    

"I'm going to leave it up through the end of school," said Wilroy.

The school isn't sending money or supplies, just thoughts and prayers.

"I just hope that everyone is going to be alright. I've prayed for them and prayed for them all week. And i hope that their town will be rebuilt and back to normal," said River Johnson, a 4th grader at the school.

Principal Wilroy also said that right now they plan on shipping the banners to the schools in time for next school year.

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