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Make a snowflake or donation to support Sandy Hook Elementary students

UPDATE: Chancellor High School students are dressing in green and white on Friday in a show of support for the Sandy Hook survivors and victims, a school staff member just told me. Those are the Newtown, Conn., school’s colors. The school’s mascot is the eagle.


The National PTA reports that an effort is under way to cheer the Sandy Hook Elementary students when they resume instruction. They are asking children to make snowflakes or to donate change in support of the Sandy Hook PTSA.

The National PTA met with PTA leaders of all of the schools in Newtown, Conn., including the Sandy Hook PTA, as well as community leaders who requested the group’s help in supporting the families, according to a statement from the National PTA.

Below are details about the two efforts that have begun at the request of the parents group at Sandy Hook in the wake of last Friday’s school shooting.

Welcome Students to a Winter Wonderland

When school resumes for 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.

We encourage senders to be as creative as possible, remembering that no two snowflakes are alike. Please send snowflakes by January 12, 2013 to:

Connecticut PTSA

60 Connolly Parkway

Building 12, Suite 103

Hamden, CT 06514

 Donating and Organizing Fundraisers for Sandy Hook Elementary School

Donations will be accepted indefinitely to the Connecticut PTSA “Sandy Hook Fund” to provide ongoing support to the community. Please send checks to the Connecticut PTSA address listed at the end of this email. Group fundraising projects may include walk-a-thons, spirits days, pajama days, etc., which may be scheduled at your convenience.

For student-run coin drives, please submit all donations by February 14, 2012.

The Newtown community has requested only monetary donations at this time. For service or product donation inquiries, please contact To contact Sandy Hook PTA, please

Please send all snowflakes and donations to:  

Connecticut PTSA

60 Connolly Parkway

Building 12, Suite 103

Hamden, CT 06514

Newtown School Board accepting donations

The Newtown School Board is announcing on its Web site that anyone who wishes to support the Sandy Hook Elementary community can make donations to the following address. The announcement states that this is preferred rather than gifts.

Donations can be made via  or by mailing  checks to:

Sandy Hook School Support Fund

c/o Newtown Savings Bank

39 Main St

Newtown, CT  06470