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Mother of Sandy Hook victim spreads peaceful message to students

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NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

"Love Wins" that's the message some New Britain students are spreading in their school and throughout their community.

The movement known as Love Wins was sparked after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School and now the mother of a shooting victim is saying thank you to the kids, who are helping spread it.

Nelba Marquez-Greene is the mother of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, who was one of 20 first-graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 14, 2012. 

On the one-year anniversary of her daughter's death, letters were sent from fifth grade students at Chamberlain Elementary School to Nelba Marquez-Greene's work.

"My supervisor said this is something you need to look at. Look at what happened in this classroom, love wins has changed them," Nelba Marquez-Greene said.

Eyewitness News visited a fifth grade classroom at Chamberlain Elementary School on Friday and so did the mother of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, who is a 6-year-old girl whose life was taken too soon. She came to listen to their speeches and thank them for their "love wins" attitude.

"We want to make love wins a priority in a classrooms across the country where compassion leads," Nelba Marquez-Greene said.

The message is leading at Chamberlain Elementary School and changing many of these kids for the better.

"It's helping me become a better person and do better things to help anyone," fifth-grader Yaneisha Martinez said.

"It's important to love everyone and treat other people how you want to be treated," fifth-grader Bernadette Kanneh said.

A message someone should have told the vandal who spray-painted a sign on the playground in Hartford in honor of Marquez-Greene's daughter. Despite this incident, the love wins message is catching on. 

Marquez-Greene has started the Ana Grace Project where she wants to bring the message to schools across the country. 

It's already at Chamberlain Elementary School

"If this can change our classroom and our environment, imagine what it can do every where else," teacher Craig Muzzy said.

Since this message started, teachers said they have less fights, less detentions and more focus on school work.

Regarding that graffiti, Marquez-Greene said just "turn it around" and place a graffiti board for kids to spray paint on. She said because it's ideas like this that can help love win.

To learn more about the Ana Grace Project, click here.

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