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    MOSCOW, June 30 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow schoolchildren gave 'a bell of alarm and hope' to U.S. Ambassador to Russia Alexander Vershbow and asked him to deliver a letter to U.S. President George W. Bush.

    Vershbow met the children at school No. 148, where students founded the movement Russian Children Against Terrorism and made bells their symbol.

    Bells will now be given to children and adults throughout the world who are ready to support the movement.

    The students told Bush in their letter that they expect U.S. children to back their project.

    "The tinkling of bells symbolizes memory and hope," they wrote.

    Adults should always remember their responsibility to future generations so that the tragedy in Beslan, where a North Ossetian school was taken hostage and many were killed, could never happen again, the children said.

    Vershbow said that he admired the children's determination.

    Some tragedies are so awful that even adults fail to find solutions at once, he said, adding that the children were setting a perfect example of how to respond to violence.

    The ambassador said he hoped that American children would join the movement to eliminate terrorism.

    He promised to give Bush the letter when he goes to Washington.

    He also promised to find an American school to become partner in this initiative.

    Vershbow and the children observed a minute's silence to commemorate victims of September 11 and Beslan.

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