Lowcountry students complete pen pal program inspired by church shooting

VIDEO: Lowcountry students complete pen pal program inspired by Mother Emanuel tragedy

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A group of Lowcountry fourth graders graduated from a program created to bridge gaps between kids of different backgrounds following last summer's Charleston Church shooting.

The Kindred Kids program was created in response to the tragedy at Mother Emanuel AME Church on June 17 where nine parishioners were gunned down after a Bible study.

The program invited students at North Charleston Elementary School and Mason Preparatory School to become pen pals with one another.

Participants met up on Wednesday, just more than a month before the first anniversary of the student.

The students have met in person once to get to know each other as well, according to spokesperson Nora Langan.

The students have worked with an area artist to create art that will be on display at the Charleston Public Library for the month of June.

The graduation ceremony was held at Mason Preparatory School in Charleston and was a project of WINGS.

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