YONKERS, N.Y. - Yonkers Public Schools are joining a nationwide effort to provide Sandy Hook Elementary students with a “winter wonderland” when they return to school next month.
In partnership with the Yonkers Council of Parent Teacher Student Associations, the district is collecting hand-made paper snowflakes to decorate the new school building students and staff will attend.
That same effort is going on in school districts and communities across the country, with thousands of snowflakes already collected.
“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,” National PTA President Betsy Landers said in a statement. “We encourage senders to be as creative as possible, remembering that no two snowflakes are alike.”
When the students and teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary return to school in January, it will not be to the building in Newtown, Conn., where 26 people were killed Dec. 14.
Instead, they will begin school in a building in the neighboring town of Monroe, 6 miles away. Parent volunteers already are hard at work in preparation of their arrival, decorating the school to closely resemble Sandy Hook, NPR reports.
The Connecticut Parent Teacher Student Association is hoping to add as many hand-made snowflakes as possible, which volunteers will then string throughout the building.
In Yonkers, principals are working in conjunction with their school associations to collect snowflakes by Jan. 8. From there, the snowflakes will be delivered to Sandy Hook.
Not sure how to make a paper snowflake? Marthastewart.com has step-by-step directions.
Snowflakes also can be sent through Jan. 12 to the Connecticut Parent Teacher Student Association at 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103 in Hamden, CT.