MUKILTEO, Wash. -- In December of 2012, a lone gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary and killed twenty-six people, twenty of which were children.
This tragedy rocked the nation, spurring controversial debates on gun reform, school safety, and mental health. Sadness was felt throughout the nation, creating a sense of helplessness amongst the chaos.
Thousands of dollars in donations poured into relief funds to help cover funeral expenses, counseling, memorial funds, and scholarships.
But students at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington wanted to do more.
As part of their annual fundraiser, Kamiak students and staff raise funds for local non-profit Well Done Organization. Well Done provides clean water sources for impoverished people in Liberia.
Students and staff challenged the community to raise money for Well Done, in memory of Sandy Hook Elementary.
Mukilteo rose to the challenge and raised enough cash to build a clean water well in Buchanan, Liberia. The community banded together in hopes that something good could help ease suffering felt from Sandy Hook.
What came from a devastating tragedy was hope, health, sanitation, and livelihood.
Members of the Well Done Organization created a video tribute to showcase the end result of Kamiak's hard work. Video courtesy: Daryl Finley.