ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Hannah Cramer isn’t your typical 16-year-old. While most of her classmates at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill are probably thinking about prom or what they’ll be doing over spring break, Cramer already has at least one of those things figured out.
And it all goes back to December 14 of last year: The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
“I was in tears at one point,” said Cramer, a junior at Northwestern High. "My mom's a teacher so it affected me there and since I'm in school. Anything can happen anywhere.”
So, she came up with an idea to raise money for the victims’ families. Over spring break, she’ll personally deliver it to them.
She also came up with a Facebook page called “Sandy Hook Fundraiser.” Then, she found a company to help print t-shirts using her design. They’re being sold at the school store.
"It has handprints and they’re in a heart on the front,” she said. “And on the back it has a line of kids holding hands and beneath it, it has the number of adults and children that passed.”
Hannah also put jars in local businesses like Groucho’s Deli in Rock Hill to collect donations.
“Even though it's a few pennies at a time, a few coins at a time, it's still collecting money,” said Cale Medley, District Manager of Groucho’s Deli in both Rock Hill and Hickory.
It’s all part of what Cramer calls “Coins for Connecticut.” So far, she’s raised more than $1,500.
"I don't really see it as I'm raising the money. I see it as the community helping out and they’re raising the money,” Cramer said. “There are people everywhere thinking about them and to show support from just a little high school teenager."
"So quickly sometimes, we forget about one tragedy and move on to something else, but Hannah hasn't,” added Medley.