FLOWER MOUND—It's the last week of school for students at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, but contrary to tradition, journalism teacher Allison Miller is showing off a different school's yearbook -- one from over a thousand miles away.
On Valentine's Day of this year, 17 students were shot and killed during a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
"I looked up that school just out of curiosity, and they are a similar demographic. Almost the same number of kids," Miller said.
Miller knew she had to do something, so on the same day of the school shooting she opened up a GoFundMe page for the Stoneman Douglas journalism department, filled with students that would be tested in the days and weeks to come.
"Everyone's eyes are on [Stoneman Journalism] at this moment and this just increases the pressure for them to tell the story and tell the story well,” Miller said.
In the months that followed, the page raised nearly $50,000, all of which went to Stoneman Douglas High School to pay for their touching 400-page tribute.
"This is stupid that I'm crying. I can only imagine the things that they are feeling, and I can't read it... and I wasn't even there and I can't imagine,” Miller said.
No matter how horrible the school year, students here in Texas were able to help students in Florida compile the worst year of their young lives into a yearbook -- just like every other high school in the country.
"To be able to be a part of making their life easier was... [it] made [me[ very proud that we helped, " said Kendall Cooper, a junior at Marcus High School.