PTAs Collecting Snowflakes, Funds for Sandy Hook Students

Send your snowflakes in for a "Winter Wonderland" welcome for the students' first day back at school in January.

Parent volunteers from state and national Parent Teacher Associations are collecting donations—and snowflakes— to support students from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

Representatives from both organizations met with PTA leaders of all of the schools in Newtown, including the Sandy Hook PTA, and community leaders who have requested help in supporting the families. They focused their efforts on the students' return to school, and fundraising.

When school resumes for students and teachers from 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, said Betsy Landers, national PTA president, and Jim Accomando, Connecticut PTSA President.

"We encourage senders to be as creative as possible, remembering that no two snowflakes are alike," they said in a release.

Snowflakes can be sent through Jan. 12, 2013 to: Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514.

The organizations will indefinitely accept donations to the Connecticut PTSA “Sandy Hook Fund” to provide ongoing support to the community. Checks can be mailed to the same address. For student-run coin drives, donations must be submitted by February 14.

Landers and Accomando offered their condolences to the families and communities affected by the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and said "together, let us pray that they will receive the comfort they so desperately need."

They also offered resources on how to approach the subject of school violence with children on their website: PTA.org/schoolviolence.

The national PTA, which has 5 million members, also plans to share position statements and resolutions related to school violence and child safety, the release stated.

Mary Coleman December 19, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Yesterday on CBS morning news they mentioned a project under way that was arranged by the teachers of Newtown called The Helping Hands Project. It basically asks that kids take white paper and put their hand prints on and sign and decorate as they wish and then send them to this group of teachers in Newtown. Then they will string all of the hand prints together in the new school that the kids will be attending to show them how many warm hands want to hug them and let them know they're not alone. You can get info if interested at: http://helpinghandsfornewtown.weebly.com/
Lisa Buchman (Editor) December 19, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Thanks for sharing that Mary, what a nice idea.


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