Students release hundreds of balloons in memory of Hope Westrick

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Mt. Wolf, Pa. - Students from Northeastern Middle School in York County releasing hundreds of balloons into the sky in remembrance of fellow student Hope Westrick, who passed away in December after a long battle with bone cancer. Staff, students and family members were decked out in pink and formed a ribbon in honor of Hope. Hope's father says he's overwhelmed by the support shown by the school and community.

"Our town is amazing," said Robert Maldonado, Hope's step-father. "I mean the school, our friends, the sports. Everybody just really helped us a lot. I can't even thank them enough. It's amazing."

Each balloon also had a special message written on it promoting kindness and compassion. It's part of a national program called Rachel's Challenge, which is named after Rachel Scott, the first student killed at Columbine High School.

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