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Ramsey PTO Organizes Card Drive for Sandy Hook Elementary School

Local families can drop off cards and letters to the community mourning Friday's elementary school shooting

Ramsey students and parents are being asked to provide comfort to the community shocked by an elementary school shooting that killed 26 victims in Connecticut Friday.

“I’ve already gotten great responses from people [in our community],” Angie Kelly, the PTO President at Dater School, who organized the card and letter drive over the weekend, said Monday evening.

Kelly is asking kids and parents in the community to write cards and letters expressing their sympathy and support to the families affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. They can be dropped off at the Dater School main office this week, and will be sent to the school’s PTO, Kelly said.

The cards should be written at home, and will not be worked on in school, she said.

“At home, if students want to express themselves, they can, with their parents there working with them,” Kelly said. “I am happy to get those expressions to Sandy Hook.”

She is also collecting monetary donations for the Sandy Hook Elementary PTA.

“Being so involved with the various PTO organizations over the last few years, I tried to put myself in the shoes of their PTO leader,” Kelly said in a letter to district parents. “I thought, ‘what would be the first thing I would do?’ I know, after grieving and wanting to comfort the victims' families, my first priority would be to help re-build the lives of the survivors and try to help move the school community forward to help them heal.”

Kelly plans to collect the cards and letters from Dater this Thursday, and again on Jan. 11, after the holiday break. Kelly suggested that any students wanting to write cards and letters during or after break might want to make them Valentine’s Day themed, “sending love from Ramsey.”

In the letter she emailed to parents, she urged them to participate. “Let's show Sandy Hook that Ramsey Cares.”

Cards, she said, could be written to the families of the victims, the PTA, or the community as a whole. A letter Kelly sent to parents explaining both the card drive and the fundraiser is attached.

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karol Bonilla December 18, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Tiny Thoughts is a my organization created to send letters to the families of newtown, CT. Please like the page and support it. Also feel free to join and write letters and send them to me through email on Facebook. Karol Bonilla www.facebook.com/TinyThoughtsForCT
Kerry McCann December 18, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I grew up in the surrounding community of Newtown and still have very close ties there. I've been posting to Patch sites in the surrounding area of my current community something I found today for people who wish to help. Once Upon A Child - Danbury, CT Like This Page · 3 hours ago “Let’s Give Sandy Hook School a Winter Wonderland” We've been asked many times about how we might help our friends and neighbors in Newtown. We' d like to share this wonderful idea from the Sandy Hook PTA: "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 chil dren will enjoy creating art that can adorn the walls of SHS’s new elementary school." ~Sandy Hook PTA & Connecticut PTSA Please mail snowflakes to the address below by January 12, 2013: Connecticut PTSA 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103 Hamden, CT 06514 All the very best from our Once Upon a Child family, ~Diana
Angie Kelly December 19, 2012 at 12:10 AM
received a message from the Sandy Hook PTA President today, with these ideas for those wanting to contribute to sandy hook...... Snowflakes for Sandy Hook Please help the students of Sandy Hook have a winter wonderland at their new school! Get Creative!! No two snowflakes are alike. Make and send snowflakes to Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514, by January 12, 2013. Coins for Sandy Hook Students can collect spare change to support their peers at Sandy Hook. Other fundraising ideas include Walk- A -Thons, Spirit Days, Pajama Days, etc. Please send contributions to “Connecticut PTSA Sandy Hook Fund” by February 14, 2013. Ongoing Fundraising Efforts Donations are being accepted indefinitely to the: “Connecticut PTSA Sandy Hook Fund” to support the ongoing needs of the Sandy Hook Community. Send checks to “Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514.

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