Editorial: Brave children went to school today in Conn.Published 11:43am Thursday, January 3, 2013
Students at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., returned to classes today for the first time since the horrific shooting last month that killed 20 of their classmates.
If you are looking for ways to help the school and the people of Newtown, here are some suggestions:
• The United Way has started the Sandy Hook School Support Fund to provide help with funeral expenses, counseling and other needs. Donations can be sent to Sandy Hook School Support Fund, c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main St., Newtown, Conn. 06470. The website is https://newtown.uwwesternct.org.
• The Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund is administered by the school parent-teacher association and aims to provide counseling to survivors, offset funeral expenses, set up a scholarship fund and pay for a memorial. Donations can be sent to Newtown Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 596, Botsford, Conn. 06404 or http://newtownmemorialfund.org.
• Many families of the children slain at the school have set up their own funds to offset funeral expenses, pay for travel needs of relatives and to achieve goals in the names of the children.
• There is a national sympathy card on the Internet. It can be signed at http://www.causes.com/actions/1715318. It says: “We wish to express our deepest sympathies to all of the families of those lost, to the survivors and their families, and to the others impacted by the senseless and unthinkable tragedy that unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary School. We cannot begin to comprehend the depth of your sadness and grief. Please know that we care deeply for you and we join with you in sharing your sorrow and pain. We only hope that you receive some measure of comfort in the knowledge that we, and an entire nation, stand with you during this extraordinarily difficult time.”
With the original Sandy Hook school still designated a crime scene, students will attend classes in nearby Monroe at what was Chalk Hill Middle School. Only it has been renamed Sandy Hook Elementary School for the time being.
Our hearts and prayers go out to these little ones, as they were brave today simply to go to school.