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Taking back their school
by Jason Collins
Dec 14, 2012 | 1604 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – When vandals broke into Moreno Middle School, they ransacked numerous classrooms and stole both personal and school district equipment.

The students though, have banded together in the aftermath and are taking back what is theirs.

On Saturday, these youths will gather in the Bealls parking lot for a bake sale to raise money to replace what was lost.

Two girls, Ariana Hinojosa and Fatima Arrellano, stepped up with an idea to hold a bake sale to help replace the personal items stolen and damaged.

Kristin Ruschhaupt, National Junior Honor Society sponsor, said that she is proud of these two for the idea.

‘The fact that these kids said, ‘the school has our backs, it is time for us to have its back’ makes me proud.”

The message, Ruschhaupt said, being sent is simple.

“They came into our house and took our stuff,” she said, recalling comments made by the students. “We are still here though. They didn’t shake us.”

The bake sale starts at 8 a.m. with goodies donated not only by members of the NJHS but also those on the student council, the spirit squad and those in the family and consumer science club.

“We are also reaching out to the teachers to see if they are willing to donate anything,” Ruschhaupt said.

The investigation continues to identify the four people suspected in the burglary which occurred sometime early Tuesday morning.

Detective Lt. Richard Cantu said surveillance photos showed that all four intruders wore masks, hoodies and gloves to hide their identities.

The vandals struck 13 classrooms, knocking over computer equipment and desks as they searched for valuable items.

They also broke into four offices, including the main office complex, and then broke into a closet and even the school cafeteria.

Cantu said investigators do not suspect students were involved and it appears the classrooms were picked at random. All the classroom damage was limited to the 300 and 400 wings of the building.

On Thursday afternoon, the girls, both spirit squad members, were going to meet with the club members to work out the final details of the benefit.

Everybody, they said, is excited.

“The school does so much for us and we thought we would give back,” they both said.

Arrellano added that so far everybody she has talked to is in agreement that they want to help.

“They were pretty cool with it,” Hinojosa simply said.

Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.
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