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Burpees for Sandy Hook

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After the horrific shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, many people thousands of miles away in KOTA Territory are trying to find ways they can help the school.

Seth Larson is the owner of Cloud Peak Cross Fit in Sheridan.  He says that as a father, the tragic shooting in Connecticut shook him and he wanted to do something to help the students still at Sandy Hook Elementary.

"My wife and I have two little boys.  After last Friday's events, we wondered how kids could go back to school and feel comfortable," said Larson.

What he came up with was having people come in all day Thursday and do as many 'burpees' as they could to raise money for the school.

"Burpees are something that anybody can do.  Everybody can get up and down off the floor.  Some people have gotten sponsors that are giving them a flat rate for doing it.  Other people are being sponsored per burpee, so they're being challenged, said Larson.

Today's goal was set at 26,000 for the 26 victims and Larson says each burpee represents a prayer for the victims and their families.

But in order to reach 26,000, that means some are doing more than 1,000 in a row.

"My two hours of sacrifice are nothing compared to what it was for the community, the students, the families who lost all those people," said Erika Sanders, who did more than 1,000 burpees.

Larson says that the funds raised will go to the school and he hopes the money can provide a way for the students and the school to get back to normal.

"Be it a carnival day, pizza parties, some type of gym equipment.  Whatever would make the school fun for those kids again," said Larson.

Larson is still counting the money raised, but says 47,121 burpees were done by participants.

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