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Reaching Out to the Sandy Hook School Community

If you are sending a child off to school tomorrow morning, you may be thinking of the Sandy Hook community, which was struck by tragedy last month. Tomorrow, the Sandy Hook students will return to school at a new location, a repurposed middle school in the neighboring town of Monroe, Conn. As parents and teachers, we continue to look for ways to show our support for these families. The Connecticut PTSA, for example, has been running a snowflake program that asked schools to send paper snowflakes as a show of support. That was so successful that the PTSA actually had to request that schools stop sending these paper gifts and instead do snowflakes for their own schools. 

Here are some other ideas you might consider:

Community service to honor Sandy Hook: The PTSA also recommends that schools set up a community service project this year in memory of the students. Sandy Hook’s principal, Dawn Hochsprung, who perished in the Dec. 14 tragedy, started a community service program she called Project Eagle to encourage elementary school kids to help others. Schools could run their own Project Eagle effort as a tribute to the Sandy Hook principal.

Sign a national condolence card on behalf of your school: Be one of the more than 2.5 million who have signed what’s been dubbed a Global Sympathy Card for Sandy Hook.

Help organize a remembrance day at your school: The T.C. Miller Elementary School for Innovation in Lynchburg, Va., held a Sandy Hook day at its own school. Many staff wore green and white, the colors of Sandy Hook, and then they created a large banner for all the students to sign. The plan was to gather all the students for a school photo and to send it, along with the banner, to Sandy Hook.

Reach out to others in need: Consider holding a collection for other children in need in memory of the Sandy Hook children. An act of kindness in their names will help keep their memories alive. Also, you can find additional resources for reaching out to the Newtown families listed in on the PTO Today blog.

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