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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.

Schools in Fairfield are participating in the snowflake drive, too -- including Osborn Hill, Holland Hill, and Roger Ludlowe Middle School.

Holland Hill students and families can either mail their snowflakes to the Connecticut PTSA (address above) or drop them off in the "SH Snowflake" bin at Holland Hill School by Jan. 9. PTA members will mail the contents of the bin.

Osborn Hill School will be sending its own "OHS Blizzard" to decorate Chalk Hill School, and ask that students bring their snowflakes -- marked with first name, age, and grade -- to school by Jan. 9.

Additionally, the national and state 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.

Michelle lineback January 11, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Too bad the Connecticut Ptsa won't get my Snowflakes that I sent because they don't want to be bothered with anything more to do with tragedy! I paid FedEx to overnight my snowflake to the 60 Connollly parkway address and FedEx was told to take them to the Waterford address . Well Connecticut ... Too bad you don't know how to handle the kindness of strangers who felt so moved by this tragedy that they go out of their way to send snowflakes that I really could not afford to send next day delivery... but wanted to help, so a small sacrifice of paying 26.00 that I really don't have does not seem so bad, I can do it but then to be slapped in the face by not accepting my snowflakes is wrong! Too bad Connecticut... you missed out on a real special thing!
G Hoffman January 11, 2013 at 09:42 PM
I'm sure your snowflakes are lovely and you're understandably upset at the situation. The kindness of strangers in this instance has been overwhelming to the point of being a problem itself. Please look at it from the recipient's perspective and consider how they could possibly deal with the thousands of items donated. They requested snowflakes and got a blizzard!
G Hoffman January 12, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Seems like it's an avalanche of love. There are truck bodies full of boxes from all over the world. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57563609/global-show-of-support-leaves-newtown-snowed-in/
Michelle lineback January 15, 2013 at 12:52 AM
What an outpouring of love and generosity! Y'all are blessed... I pray they tear down Sandy Hook and make it a memorial park to honor all lives lost:)

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