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Feb 21, 2014 6:29 PM by Alex Labat

Lafayette High Students Open Their Hearts and Wallets

Today Lafayette High held a "Day of Remembrance" for everyone involved, including the four people who died. Students paused to remember the four victims killed over the weekend, but after that moment of silence, actions spoke louder than words. The school raising $10,000 for the Cheatam and Escort families. "I hope it gives them comfort. I know that the money can't bring them back, but it can really give them a sense of financial peace. They can handle everything they need to handle it hard times such as this", says Madison Thibeaux, a freshman at Lafayette High.
After putting out a call for help for the families of the victims, it wasn't just Lafayette High that stepped up to the plate. Principal Dr. Patrick Leonard says the community as a whole hit a home run. "Other schools have called me from Vermilion Parish, Iberia Parish, St. Mary Parish, with questions about how they can help and contribute". And back to that moment of silence, Leonard wanted students to consider one thing: "Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident. It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice. Choose to live a life that matters", says Leonard.

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