Washoe Country School District

August 22, 2014

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Thank you to our community…

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The tragic incident at Sparks Middle School in October has shocked and shaken all of us. As a community, we are feeling many emotions as we try to understand and cope with this incident. We all have questions and want answers, some that we may never know. But there is one thing that we know for certain – in the face of extreme tragedy and adversity, the Washoe County community comes together in the most caring and compassionate ways, lifting up those who have fallen down or who’ve lost faith.

We are in awe of and truly grateful for the overwhelming community support and love that has been directed toward the students, staff, and parents of Sparks Middle School and all those affected by the tragedy. Since the tragic event, our community has reached out the Washoe County School District to provide support and assistance to our students, families, staff, and the school district. We are so appreciative of all that the community has provided, from resources and donations to emotional support. While our local community has truly pulled together, we’ve also felt the support from the entire country. We’ve received cards, phone calls, e-mails, and an incredible response on social media.

Our community is resilient and together we will push forward—never forgetting those who we lost and those who were harmed. Our hearts, prayers, and sympathies are with everyone impacted by this sad act of violence. Despite all of these emotions and the loss we are feeling, we will heal together through the support, love, and passion we have as a community.

With heartfelt appreciation,

WCSD Board of Trustees

Barbara Clark, President
Dave Aiazzi, Vice President
Lisa Ruggerio, Clerk
Estela Gutierrez, Trustee

John Mayer, Trustee
Barbara McLaury, Trustee
Howard Rosenberg, Trustee


Pedro Martinez

Our thanks go out to the following community organizations and individuals for their generous support...  

  • Agnes Risley Elementary School
  • Arlington Public Schools
  • Atlantis
  • Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows
  • Brasserie Saint James
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Chandler Unified School District
  • Children’s Cabinet
  • City of Reno
  • City of Sparks
  • Coca-Cola
  • Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
  • Columbine High School
  • Community Foundation of
  • Western Nevada
  • Crisis Call Center
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Eldorado
  • First Independent Bank
  • Flower Bucket
  • Frito-Lay
  • GoodStanding Outreach
  • Gradex Construction
  • Harrah’s
  • HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response
  • Kustom Koatings Inc.
  • McDonald’s
  • McQueen High School Alumni
  • Millard Public Schools
  • National Association of School
  • Psychologists, National Emergency
  • Assistance Team
  • National School Public Relations Association
  • Nevada Attorney General’s Office
  • Nevada Department of Education
  • Nevada Highway Patrol
  • Nevada Legislators
  • Nevada Museum of Art
  • Nevada National Guard
  • Nevada’s Congressional Delegation
  • Northern Nevada Mental Health Services
  • Office of the Governor of the State of Nevada
  • Office of the Lt. Governor of the State of Nevada
  • Office of the Nevada Superintendent of
  • Public Instruction
  • Office of the President of the United States
  • Paws 4 Love
  • Pizza Hut
  • Port of Subs
  • Project Linus
  • Red Cross
  • Reno Aces
  • Reno City Council
  • Reno Police Department
  • Reno-Tahoe International Airport
  • Renown Regional Medical Center
  • Round Table Pizza
  • Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church
  • Sparks Christian Fellowship
  • Sparks City Council
  • Sparks Fire Department
  • Sparks Florist
  • Sparks High School
  • Sparks Middle School families, students,
  • and staff
  • Sparks Nazarene Church
  • Sparks Police Department
  • Starbucks
  • Starsound Audio
  • SunGard
  • Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum
  • The Solace Tree
  • Trauma Intervention Program
  • Truckee Meadows Community College
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • Walmart
  • Walton’s Funeral Home
  • Washoe County
  • Washoe County Board of Commissioners
  • Washoe County District Attorney’s Office
  • Washoe County Sheriff’s Office
  • WCSD schools, principals, teachers, and staff
  • WCSD students and families
  • Weebly
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wild Waters
  • Yogurt Beach

...and the many other individuals and community groups who provided support and assistance during this time.