Brookwood's Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is encouraging students and families to participate in a project called "Snowflakes for Sandy Hook."
Kathy Johnson, parent of a tenth grade student at Grayson High, sent an email to Brookwood High's PTSA stating that a friend of hers has children in a school just six miles from Sandy Hook Elementary, the scene of a devastating mass shooting. Her friend sent her the following letter:
"I have heard so many requests for ways to help Sandy Hook families. In response, I wanted to let you all know that our elementary PTO has been asked to create a winter wonderland for Sandy Hook students when they come to Chalk Hill for the remainder of the school year.
They are asking for snowflakes - as many snowflakes as we can make - to decorate the school. They will hang on windows, bulletin boards, doors and walls. They will hang from the ceiling and from desks, and anything else they can think of. Please make all of the snowflakes you can manage, and to the teachers included here, your whole school can send snowflakes as well.
There is no such thing as too many snowflakes. The kids will be allowed to take some home, so they will be replenishing them daily - it's a fantastic idea. Please send me the name of your group/school/family so that we can make sure that the Newtown PTO can know where all of the love is coming from.
Mail your snowflakes no later than January 1st to:
Sandy Hook Snowflakes
c/o Lya Schulz
24 Squire road
Monroe, CT 06468"
(Editor's note: You can also send your snowflakes directly to the Connecticut PTSA through Jan. 12: Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514)
In response, Johnson is hosting a "Snowflakes for Sandy Hook" event at St. Lawrence Catholic Church gymnasium (319 Grayson Highway, Lawrenceville) from 12 - 2:30 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 22.
"There's so little we can do for the families and children," she said, "so being able to do this has had a strong response."
The word has spread quicker than she expected, and she thinks there will be a large turnout.
Anybody who knows how to use scissors can come and paper donations are encouraged. Make sure to bring your own scissors as well.
You can also make your snowflakes at home and bring them to the church during that timeframe.
For questions, call Johnson at (770) 241-0721.
The Brookwood PTSA encourages all students and families to participate in this on their own, since this is the last day of school.