Growing power: As students plant Survivor Tree sapling, lessons take root

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --These students weren't even born when terror struck downtown Oklahoma City, yet their teachers are making sure they, too, never forget.

They gathered to plant a sapling, a small piece of the Survivor Tree, as a constant reminder to grow over time.

These students have only seen the aftermath of the events of April 19, 1995 in pictures and video, but still feel immense sadness.

"What I thought was it was very, like, um, hard to watch. I don't know how people would go through that," said one student.

"Remembering everybody that got hurt and died, and its special because if, like, my family was in that situation, I would be hurt too."

And these students have a special bond. They're part of a program here at U.S. Grant High School called Link Crew that connects freshmen with seniors who help them navigate the challenges of high school.

On this day, they are linked by an effort to create a permanent place to remember the horrific act that took 168 lives.

"It wasn't the first time I had seen something like that, especially since I visited the memorial before, but every time I see it, it's very impacting because I couldn't imagine myself in such a situation."

But they are now ensuring students in the future will remember the terror of April 19th while they watch this sapling take root, grow, and eventually, survive.

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