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Oxford High School students travel to Texas for a day of fun for Robb Elementary School survivors

ByRobin H. Purcell

Nov 24, 2022


Students at Oxford High School in Michigan played games like soccer and limbo and performed art projects including making tie-dye T-shirts with students from Robb Elementary School at the first-ever Survivors United Playday.

The event took place on Saturday, just days before Thanksgiving, six months since the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary. Nineteen students and two teachers were killed in this shooting.

PHOTO: Elementary school students in Uvalde, Texas play at Survivors United Playday on November 19, 2022.

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Elementary school students in Uvalde, Texas play at Survivors United Playday on November 19, 2022.

According to Gladys Gonzalez, whose daughter Caitlyne was hiding in a classroom across from the hall where the shooting took place, game day was an important opportunity for the shooting survivors to be kids again.

“Our whole life has changed because of it,” Gonzalez told Good Morning America, adding that since the shooting, Caitlyne has struggled with anxiety and depression and has trouble sleeping.

“Their ability to be a kid, to let them play around, jump around, do their makeup, that means a lot,” Gonzalez said. “We appreciate everything the Oxford community has done for Uvalde.”

PHOTO: An elementary school student in Uvalde, Texas paints the face of an Oxford High School student at Survivors United Playday on November 19, 2022.

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An elementary school student in Uvalde, Texas paints the face of an Oxford High School student at Survivors United Playday on November 19, 2022.

The game date was the brainchild of Zoe Touray, an 18-year-old who survived shooting on November 30, 2021 at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, Michigan. Four students were killed and seven people injured in the shooting.

“I have found so much comfort in meeting and speaking to other survivors,” Touray told GMA. “So that’s what triggered this event.”

PHOTO: Zoe Touray, 18, a survivor of the Oxford High School shooting in Michigan, organized an event for survivors of the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

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Zoe Touray, 18, a survivor of the Oxford High School shooting in Michigan, organized an event for survivors of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

According to Touray, the game date should resemble an elementary school field day, complete with relay races and games.

“It’s trying to remember what it was like to be normal kids back in the day just because they lost so much so young,” she said, adding, “I just hope they have some kind of big brother.” take along. Kind of a big sister, hopefully they can FaceTime me and have a big sister going through the same thing.”

PHOTO: Zoe Touray, center, interacts with attendees at Survivors United Playday in Uvalde, Texas on November 19, 2022.

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Zoe Touray, center, interacts with participants at Survivors United Playday in Uvalde, Texas on November 19, 2022.

Touray, who has since graduated from Oxford High School, joined more than a dozen current students at the event, who together founded the Oxford Legacy Foundation.

“It helps to feel supported and loved, which is why we’re really here today to give back to another community what we felt in our community,” said Gavin, one of the Oxford students who traveled to Uvalde.

PHOTO: Oxford High School students traveled to Uvalde, Texas to officiate Survivors United Playday on November 19, 2022.

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Oxford High School students traveled to Uvalde, Texas to officiate Survivors United Playday on November 19, 2022.

And although the two cities are far apart, the students said the game’s date gave them a first-hand look at the similarities between them.

“It brings back a lot of memories because you see the Uvalde Strong signs all over the city here and it really takes you back to when everything happened to us and you saw the Oxford Strong signs everywhere,” traveled Adrian , an Oxford student, according to Uvalde, said “GMA”. “It just feels really similar.”

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