Students from Mullica Township are hoping to bring a little sense of comfort to the students and faculty of Sandy Hook Elementary, as they return to school following the tragedy that occurred there just last week.
Students with Autism, from the Yale School in Mullica Township, have been designing holiday decorations all week long to send to Connecticut. Melissa Cunane, head teacher at the Yale preschool in Elwood, told NBC 40, "All of the snowflakes that we will be sending are coming from students with Autism."
Schools across the country are encouraged to send paper snowflakes to Sandy Hook, via the Connecticut P.T.S.A., to lift the spirits of the community, calling the drive, "Lets Give Sandy Hook a Winter Wonderland."
The national Parent Teacher Association posted a link on its Facebook page that read, "Like our students, no two snowflakes are alike." They have asked schools across the country to help decorate snowflakes that Sandy Hook teachers can hang in their new, temporary school.
Mullica township students and faculty hope this small gesture can alleviate some of the stress they've been dealing with in Newtown.
The Yale students' teacher, Melissa Cunane, said, "It was such a tragic event what happened in Connecticut and when I saw the letter from the superintendent I just wanted to help out." Kristen Scaffidi, a teacher's assistant at Yale, added, "Hopefully it will bring something there to help them out in this terrible time." Michael Zelek, a teacher's assistant, told NBC 40, "We're just hoping it can bring some kind of comfort to the kids. Make it a more 'homey' feeling. Hopefully just help the kids settle down and get back to their routine."
Teachers say the students at the Yale School in Mullica are too young to know where the snowflakes were going or why they were making them, but that the kids loved making them anyway.
In total, three Yale schools contributed to the project. They intend to mail all of the snowflakes to Connecticut on Friday.
If any other schools wish to make snowflakes for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School, they can be mailed to the Connecticut P.T.S.A. at:
60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514