Friends, I originally started writing this in hopes that you could help me help a friend who wants to help the students and families from Sandy Hook Elementary School in a unique way this New Year…by making and sending them snowflakes.
The Sandy Hook PTA wanted to create a winter wonderland for the kids when they return back to school they needed a lot of snowflakes. However, as I was just about to send this plea to you, I found this on their website:
“…with regret we must close the snowflake project to further donations. Please take this idea and your snowflakes and create a winter wonderland of your own in your community as a show of solidarity for our Newtown families. Please share your winter wonderlands with us. We would love to share your pictures with the families of Sandy Hook and all the other participating communities. Also please read the message below from the PTA of the Sandy Hook Elementary School for another wonderful way to help. Thank you for your heartfelt and amazing creations and for all of your magnificent notes and kind wishes for the Newtown community.
A Message from the PTA of Sandy Hook Elementary School
On behalf of the Sandy Hook Elementary School PTA, we would like to thank everyone for their contributions of snowflakes. These wonderfully artistic and heartfelt creations will be used to decorate the halls of Sandy Hook School at Chalk Hill, as well as other community locations around Newtown.
For those of you who would like to do more to honor the memory of our students and staff, we encourage schools to consider adopting Sandy Hook Elementary School’s Project Eagle community service effort and adapting it locally.
Project Eagle is a group that was formed in 2011 under the direction of Principal Dawn Hochsprung. (You can read more about Project Eagle on the Sandy Hook Elementary School website.)
OTHER WAYS TO HELP SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Coins for Sandy Hook:
Students can collect spare change to support their peers at Sandy Hook. Other fundraising ideas include Walk- A -Thons, Spirit Days, Pajamas Days, etc. Please send contributions to “Connecticut PTSA Sandy Hook Fund” by February 14, 2013.
Ongoing Fundraising Efforts.
Additional fundraising ideas include Walk- A -Thons, Spirit Days, Pajamas Days, etc. Donations unrelated to specific events are also being accepted for the “Connecticut PTSA Sandy Hook Fund”. Checks should be payable to CT PTSA Sandy Hook Fund and mailed to Connecticut PTSA, 3000 Whitney Avenue, Suite 121, Hamden, CT 06518. These funds are air marked for longer term needs to be determined.
Mail donations to: Connecticut PTSA, 3000 Whitney Avenue, Suite 121, Hamden, CT 06518 . Phone: 203-281-6617
My friend Julie, who originally sent me the request for snowflake help, made a really interesting comment:It may not be what we would want to do to help the community heal from their loss, but at least they families and children will see that people do care and want to help.
This struck me in a powerful way. If this is what they actually want, then who am I to do something else? While of course money and prayers are appreciated and necessary, it’s important that we meet their actual request and not simply do what makes us feel better.
I hope this will not only help encourage discussions & actions within your own family, but will also help keep the memory alive of those who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook tragedy.