Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook...

When thinking about the tragedy that occurred on Friday, December 14, 2012, I can only hold my own little girl tight and thank whatever powers that be that she breathes another day healthy and happy.  As  a mother and a teacher, this horrific event affected me in so many different ways.  I cannot begin to imagine what those families are going through... having to resume some sort of normalcy...or not.  My heart weeps when I think about the children who are changed forever and their reentry back into school.

As you know, Sandy Hook will be closed indefinitely and the children will be relocated to a different school...where teachers and parents are already hard at work recreating a familiar environment to welcome them back to.  If you are looking for a way to help, the National PTA and the Connecticut PTSA are asking schools and families to send along handmade snowflakes that will decorate the school, creating a "Winter Wonderland." Snowflakes are due by January 12, 2013 to the address listed below.  

What better way for those children to feel the love and support both locally and nationally.


A message from the National PTA:

December 17, 2012
It is with heavy hearts and the deepest sympathy that we express our condolences to the families and communities affected by the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. We have watched with profound sadness, pained that school violence has again claimed so many beloved students and educators. As you read these words, the families in Newtown, Connecticut are enduring unspeakable heartache and loss. Together let us pray that they will receive the comfort they so desperately need.
National PTA and the Connecticut PTSA pledge our unwavering support to the Newtown community. In the past few days, we have met with PTA leaders of all of the schools in Newtown, including the Sandy Hook PTA, and community leaders who have requested our help in supporting the families. For those of us who are looking to be of assistance in the aftermath, we share the following projects in need of your support:
Welcome Students to a Winter Wonderland
When school resumes for Sandy Hook, it will be in a new building. Parent-volunteers are working to ensure that the students are welcomed back by a winter wonderland with the entire school decorated with as many unique snowflakes as possible. We encourage senders to be as creative as possible, remembering that no two snowflakes are alike. Please make and send snowflakes by January 12, 2013 to the Connecticut PTSA address at the end of this email.  
Donating and Organizing Fundraisers for Sandy Hook Elementary School
Donations will be accepted indefinitely to the Connecticut PTSA “Sandy Hook Fund” to provide ongoing support to the community. Please send checks to the Connecticut PTSA address listed at the end of this email. Group fundraising projects may include walk-a-thons, spirits days, pajama days, etc., which may be scheduled at your convenience.
For student-run coin drives, please submit all donations by February 14, 2012.
The Newtown community has requested only monetary donations at this time. For service or product donation inquiries, please contact newtownboe@gmail.com. To contact Sandy Hook PTA, please email sandyhook@ctpta.org.
National PTA Advocacy
Toward the end of the week, we will be prepared to share with you how best to advocate for school safety at the state and federal levels in response to this tragedy. As we said on Friday, National PTA prioritizes the protection of children in all schools and believes it is fundamental to learning. We have several position statements and resolutions related to school violence and child safety, which we will package and share widely very soon. Rest assured, we fully plan to engage our powerful network of nearly 5 million dedicated members to make a difference on this issue.
Many parents may feel at a loss about how to approach the subject of school violence with their children. For information on helping your child cope, discussing issues of violence and hate, and keeping your school safe, please visit our website at PTA.org/schoolviolence.
Thank you for your generous support and dedication to the children and families of Newtown, Connecticut.
Warm regards,
Betsy and Jim
Betsy Landers
National PTA President    
Jim Accomando
Connecticut PTSA President
Please send all snowflakes and donations to:
Connecticut PTSA
60 Connolly Parkway
Building 12, Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514

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