The West Virginia University community now has the chance to show its support for the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy.

The WVU community will have the opportunity to sign an official “Letter to Boston” that will include handwritten messages. After signing the letter, you will receive a gold or blue ribbon bracelet provided by the President’s Office to wear to show support around campus.

You can sign the book and receive your ribbon bracelet today (April 18) at a booth in the Mountainlair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The booth will be open from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday (April 19) and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Monday through Thursday of next week (April 22-25). Other locations across campus will also have booths.

The idea was developed by WVU students in coordination with the Center for Civic Engagement.

“We wanted to bring people together in support for those impacted by this tragedy,” said Jamie Chapman, first-year law student at WVU. “More importantly, we wanted to take a stance against these violent acts that terrorize communities around the world.”

To find out more information, visit the Mountaineers Tied to Boston Facebook page at On Twitter, show support by using the hashtag #MountaineersTied2Boston.

To make a monetary donation, visit, the website Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino established to help the people most affected by the tragedy.

Earlier this week, two bombs killed three and injured more than 170 people in Boston during the Boston Marathon. There were 47 runners from West Virginia in the Marathon – none were injured.



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