STEM School moms organize donation drop-off; community honors its heroes

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -- Those who live in and around Highlands Ranch are coming together after Tuesday's shooting.

The Highlands Ranch Community Associated tied ribbons in the school's colors to trees in the area.

“We were just trying to show love," said Jamie Noebel with the association.

A group of STEM mothers is collecting donations for the school's teachers and first responders.

Items can be dropped off at the Northridge Recreation Center at 8800 S. Broadway from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday to support a donation set up by STEM mothers.

“I will never forget the teachers and the first responders and the whole events of that day," said Shaylnn Hall, a parent of a third-grader at STEM.

People can go to the rec center and drop off gift cards and items for teachers and first responders or anything else they might feel is appropriate.

“It’s necessary that we do something and give back and just shows we take these people for granted," Hall said.

"It was cold out there and teachers were warming the arms of kids. There were teachers hugging the kids that were crying, giving their coats. The teachers were in our spots. The parents should’ve been doing that, but we couldn’t, so the teachers were. And nobody gets paid enough to put their life on the line."

Kendrick Castillo, who died in Tuesday's shooting, is credited with helping save the lives of his classmates. He continues to be honored by many, including celebrities such as Von Miller. 

Graduates at the Colorado School of Mines are planning to wear stickers when they walk across the stage to honor Castillo, who wanted to be an engineer.

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