After witnessing the horror wrought in the Paris attacks on Nov. 13, Connor Schaaf felt compelled to pay his own tribute to France.
The Anoka High School senior put out an appeal on Twitter the day after the attacks for help creating a message for our friends across the Atlantic – using solo cups.
His idea was to use the cups to make a French flag on the pedestrian bridge next to the high school, which would be preceded by a message from Anoka.
He got plenty of responses from his fellow students, seven of whom joined him to create the display on Sunday night. You can see his results here:
Speaking to ABC Newspapers after completing the project, Schaaf said that "a lot of people would honk and show their appreciation" while the students worked, adding: "I knew what I was doing was right."
He then uploaded a photograph of himself and his friends in front of the bridge to Instagram.
"The best things you can do in life are not for yourself but others," he wrote in the caption. "This is not about me or anyone in this picture, this is about the thousands of people in Paris who have been affected by recent acts of terrorism.
"Thank you to those who helped make my idea possible. I think this speaks for everyone at Anoka."