Downers Grove South High School has teamed up with schools across the country to provide a winter wonderland for students in Newtown, CT.
The National PTA launched several programs last month to support Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site of the Dec. 14 shooting that killed 20 children and six adults.
Among the programs was an initiative to collect paper snowflakes—big and small—to decorate Chalk Hill Middle School in the nearby town of Monroe, where Sandy Hook students are set to return to class Thursday morning.
In Community High School District 99, more than 1,000 handmade snowflakes were collected by South High and Transition 99, a program offered to students with disabilities to prepare them for work and daily living.
The creations were mailed to Newtown before winter break, according to district spokesperson Jill Browning.
The Connecticut PTSA received thousands of snowflakes, allowing parent-volunteers to create the winter wonderland in advance of Sandy Hook's first day back.
Due to the overwhelming response to the initiative, the National PTA has closed the project to further submissions. Schools interested in participating are asked to create their own winter wonderlands as a show of solidarity for the Sandy Hook families.
The Connecticut PTSA is still accepting monetary donations on behalf of the Sandy Hook PTA. Checks should be sent to:
60 Connolly Parkway
Building 12, Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514
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