Christmas Holiday Project: Make Snowflakes for the Sandy Hook School

NB: See Comment below regarding closing of Sandy Hook Snowflake Project due to overwhelming response and consider the idea of creating a local wonderland as a sign of support.

     A friend passed along an email from the Newtown PTA/PTSA about a project that we can all work on when the kids are out of school for the Christmas holidays:

Dearest Newtown Families & Newtown School Staff,

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you today. 

We know that our town is looking for a way to support Sandy Hook School and
all of Newtown in this hour of need. Your local PTA/PTSAs met on Sunday with
representatives from Connecticut PTSA with that goal in mind and this is the
result:

“Let’s Give Sandy Hook School a Winter Wonderland”  
Snowflake Drive – Like our children, no two snowflakes are alike. We invite
you to create snowflakes to decorate Sandy Hook School’s new home. Be
creative! All colors and designs are welcome.  We know that children will
enjoy creating art that can adorn the walls of SHS’s new elementary school.
CT PTSA has been contacted from schools across the state and this is a
project we can all share. “Snowflake” drop boxes will be available at all
schools or can be mailed to: Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building
12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514, by January 12, 2013.

“Newtown Teachers & Staff, We Love You”
Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheons – Newtown public schools will host
potluck lunches district-wide on Friday as a sign of appreciation for our
teachers and staff.  We will also provide a catered lunch for the staff at
Central Office. Stay tuned for details from your individual schools.

“What Else Can We do?”

Sandy Hook School Fund — Many people are looking to help by making a
donation. Please be cautious before contributing money and make sure the
fund is legitimate. With the help of CT PTSA, we have created the “Sandy
Hook School Fund” and donations will be accepted through CTPTA.ORG. You can
pay online or send a check to Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway,
Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514 (if online contributing is made
available, we will let you know).  No fees are charged and all monies raised
will go directly to help Sandy Hook School and Newtown. The beauty of this
fund is that we can designate its use farther down the road, when we can
determine where it will do the most good for the families of SHS and our
town.

Newtown PTA/PTSAs thank both the CT PTSA and National PTA for their support
at this time. Soon the media attention will fade and we will continue to
support each other in private. We love Newtown and our wonderful families.
Don’t hesitate to contact your local PTA/PTSA officers with any of your
concerns; we are here for you and each other.

Newtown PTA/PTSAs

With snowflake inspiration all over the internet, this project seems like the perfect way for all of us who want to do something for this devastated community and let them know how much we love and care for them.  Just click on the pictures to link to the how-tos.

And from the queen of crafts, Martha Stewart:

Spending time with our children on this project might help heal us all a bit, as well.

Updated information regarding the Sandy Hook Snowflake Project via Peanut Butter Fingers:  the snowflakes should not have any writing on them, but please include a note explaining their origin (school, class, town, state) to display along with your snowflakes.

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11 Comments on “Christmas Holiday Project: Make Snowflakes for the Sandy Hook School”

  1. Ellegram says:

    Wow, I cannot wait to start crafting snowflakes! This was an inspiring post.

  2. Arlene says:

    Thanks Sis! This post was awesome!! I will be making my snowflakes!

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  6. [...] Before writing this post I was reading Julie’s Peanut Butter Fingers blog about making snowflakes for the students who attended Sandy Hook Elementary. Sandy Hook Elementary will no longer be used, and students will be attending a new school. Teachers are asking for people to send snowflakes to decorate the halls before the students come back. For more information on sending snowflakes visit this blog post. [...]

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  9. [...] the ones above that I spotted on Pinterest, has arisen from the ashes of the horrible tragedy at Sandy Hook and has reminded me that the light of God dwells in each one of us.  How then can I not be [...]

  10. Darlene says:

    I was only recently given the Sandy Hook Snowflake Project information by a friend. I am reading the snowflakes are due by Jan. 12th so the school can be decorated before the children return to school. However, I saw on the news that the children are actually returning to school on Jan. 2. My question is should snowflakes still be made and sent or is it too late?

    • Avad Fan says:

      According to the following from the Connecticut PTSA website, the Snowflake Project has been so successful that it is now closed:

      Thank you to everyone who has donated snowflakes on behalf of the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School and the community of Newtown. We know that each snowflake represents the emotional outreach of the person making it. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity from around not just the country but the world. At this time, we have enough beautiful snowflakes to blanket the community of Newtown. Therefore, with regret we must close the snowflake project to further donations. Please take this idea and your snowflakes and create a winter wonderland of your own in your community as a show of solidarity for our Newtown families. Please share your winter wonderlands with us. We would love to share your pictures with the families of Sandy Hook and all the other participating communities. Also please read the message below from the PTA of the Sandy Hook Elementary School for another wonderful way to help. Thank you for your heartfelt and amazing creations and for all of your magnificent notes and kind wishes for the Newtown community.

      Go to the PTSA’s website to find out how to contriubte to the Sandy Hook PTA’s Project Eagle and other ways to support Sandy Hook Elementary.


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