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Mesa teacher honored for helping shooting victims

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MESA, Ariz. -

An Arizona teacher, who drove all the way to Connecticut after the school shootings there, just wanted to help. She never wanted any thanks or praise.

But she got it anyway, today, from her students in Mesa. And we were honored to be there.

They packed the auditorium at Barbara Bush Elementary School in Mesa to say thank you to a beloved teacher -- Faith Leonard.

Faith drove to Newtown Connecticut in the days after the terrible school shooting.

"Our hearts went out to the families and the community and the school and the teachers and we just got in the car," says Faith.

She spent Christmas break in Newtown, doing anything she could, helping where she could, to help a shattered community begin to heal.

"We felt moved to do something. He's a teacher and we don't have kids of our own and these are our kids."

Bush Elementary is keenly aware of the bad things in the world. They choose to honor Mrs. Leonard during its "Cool 2b Kind Assembly" which focuses on anti-bullying efforts.

In Newtown, Faith became known as "the candy cane and cookie lady" as she handed out treats in her own act of love.

Faith says -- in the end -- she got much more back from the people of Newtown.

"Your intent is to help but I definitely know I got so much more out of it than I could have even imagined giving them."

Faith says she will never forget the people of Newtown, Connecticut.

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