The Wheaton North High School varsity cheerleading squad made more than 100 handmade snowflakes to send to the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, CT, after a shooting killed 20 children and six adults at the school on Dec. 14.
Connecticut PTSA is asking for donations of handmade snowflakes to hang in the alternative Sandy Hook Elementary School to make the atmosphere a "winter wonderland" for the children returning to school after the holiday break.
"Connecticut PTSA is deeply saddened by the tragedy that has struck our Newtown community. We have met with the PTA and community leaders in Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary to offer our assistance at this very difficult time."
The PTSA is also collecting coins for Sandy Hook. Students can collect spare chance to support their peers at Sandy Hook, according to the PTSA website.
“I decided we would participate in Operation: Snowflakes for Sandy Hook in a matter of seconds,” said Antonia Steinmiller, head cheerleading coach at Wheaton North. “A lot of the girls have younger siblings. I know the tragedy at Sandy Hook hit home for a lot of them. This was something we could all do and feel better knowing we could help make a child smile.”
The varsity cheerleaders collected all of their snowflakes at Friday night’s basketball game. The cheerleaders sat in a heart outline. Inside the heart, they created an “SH” out of the handmade snowflakes. They sent a framed copy of this picture and over 100 hand made snowflakes to Sandy Hook.
Anyone can participate in helping Sandy Hook by sending items to:
60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514 by January 12, 2013
For more information, go to the CT-PTA website.
Courtesy of a press release from the Wheaton North cheerleading squad.