PORTLAND, Ore. (CBS/KOIN/AP) About 400 people attended a "vigil of hope" for Kyron Horman, the 7-year-old who disappeared after attending a science fair at his elementary school in a rural area of Portland, Ore.
"It does touch close to our hearts because we have sons, and we all have kids, we hope if this would happen to us someone would come help us and our effort to find our own children," Rachel Hansen, who organized the event, told CBS affiliate KOIN.
Hansen, who told KOIN that she has a direct connection with the Horman family, said the Tuesday evening vigil at the Sunset Presbyterian Church Sanctuary gave the community an opportunity to come together and show their support for Kyron's family.
That same day, Skyline Elementary School went ahead with a last day of school assembly planned long before Kyron's disappearance.
Kyron attended the school's science fair June 4 with his stepmother, who says she last saw him walking down the hallway in the direction of his classroom around 8:45 a.m. At approximately 3:45 p.m., Kyron's stepmother called 911, when Kyron did not return home on his school bus.
Portland Public Schools spokesman Matt Shelby says the message was to celebrate the school year while recognizing it has been a difficult last week and a half.
Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan talked to the students about the importance of taking responsibility and staying safe over the summer, according to KOIN.
Clear Channel Outdoor of Oregon and Southwest Washington has donated materials and space for 30 billboards about the missing boy. Multnomah County sheriff's spokeswoman Lt. Mary Lindstrand says all but two were put up Tuesday. Ten are in English, 10 in Spanish and 10 in Russian.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kyron Horman is asked to call the Multnomah County Sheriff's tip line at 503-261-2847.