I hope your Christmas was as wonderful as ours! It was a simpler, more handmade and heartfelt celebration at our house. I so hope we continue with this tradition.
If you and your kids are looking for a fun activity now that the festivities are over, please consider making some snowflakes together and mailing them to Newtown.
'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 make and send snowflakes by January 12, 2013 to the Connecticut PTSA address at the end of this email.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To contact Sandy Hook PTA, please email email@example.com
Please send all snowflakes and donations to:
60 Connolly Parkway
Building 12, Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514
If you are a little rusty on your snowflake how-to, you can click here. Imagine the look on these little faces when they nervously walk through new unfamiliar school doors in a few weeks, only to be welcomed with a blizzard of beautiful wintry snowflakes!
I found this poem written by Holley Gerth, which seems so perfect for this project:
The Meaning of the Snowflake
Every new snowflake comes to the earth
as a picture of our Saviour’s birth,
because they are sent from up above
and remind us of God’s care and love.
Each one is so intricate and small
because Christ sees the details of us all,
and just as two are never the same
the Lord knows and calls us each by name.
Snowflakes gently cover the world in white
and hide what’s unlovely from our sight,
showing us how He covers our sin
and gives us His grace when we come to Him.
So may every snowflake bring Christ to mind
and in every bit of white may you find
a reason to celebrate anew
and a reminder of His love for you.
“Snowflakes are some of nature's most fragile things, but just look what happens when they stick together.” Anonymous