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Tech Valley High students take part in 26 Acts of Kindness

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Albany/HV: Tech Valley High students take part in 26 Acts of Kindness
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Students and teachers across New York also took part in the moment of silence for victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. YNN's Megan Cruz was at Tech Valley High School where students participated in the remembrance.

EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. -- Tech Valley High School students stand for a moment of silence. Heads bowed, hearts heavy with sadness as they remember the 20 kids and six adults who died in last week's shooting.

"We're not that much older than them," said said sophomore Stephen King. "And we're all in school, too."

"I just don't understand why someone would want to do that," said sophomore Andrew Glanton.

The moment lasted a minute. Students say it wasn't nearly enough time to truly honor those killed, so they decided to start a project.

"Trying to make the world a better place by doing more good things," said Glanton.

It's called 26 Acts of Kindness, and it's actually a national movement to have some good come from something so horrible.

Teachers and staff say they're moved by the students' compassion.

"Everything from forgiving a friend for something they've done or thanking your bus driver for what they do for you everyday," said Leah Penniman, a teacher at Tech Valley.

King says he'll be volunteering 26 hours at the children's hospital in Albany Medical Center.

"On the verge of tears just looking at their faces," he said. "Everything that happened, it's just terrible what happened. It's like we can't do anything about it but we want to give back as much as we can."

A sign in the sky that their kindness is appreciated. Junior Josey Bartholomew saw the rainbow just before the moment of silence.

"It made the moment of silence all the more special," said Bartholomew. "It just seemed like all the children making their own little story in the sky about their passing, but that they are in peace."

The wall of pictures and acts will stay up in the school till January 9th. Then, the students will pack it up and send it over to Sandy Hook Elementary School. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP