Creating a winter wonderland

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

This year's holidays came with mixed emotions for many of us. We found ourselves holding our children a little tighter over the last few weeks. We have also been sending up extra prayers for the Newtown, Conn., families who suffered the worst kind of heartbreak just before Christmas. As sad as this tragedy is, life marches on. This month, children who attended Sandy Hook Elementary School will return to a new school and attempt to begin learning again.

In an effort to make this transition a little easier, members of the Sandy Hook Elementary Parent-Teacher Association and the Connecticut Parent-Teacher-Student Association are requesting homemade snowflakes to bring well wishes and hope to those directly impacted by one of the deadliest school shooting in the United States history. News about the effort to transform the new school into a winter wonderland has swept across the country, mostly via Facebook. Retail companies, such as Carter's, are also promoting the effort by encouraging mothers to make snowflakes with their children.

We all remember creating homemade snowflakes as children. They are easy to make, and the only supplies needed are white paper and scissors. I plan to create several snowflakes and send them to Connecticut to help with the effort. Other Barry County community members who are interested in joining the effort to create a winter wonderland for Sandy Hook Elementary School students and staff members should plan to mail their homemade snowflakes by Jan. 12. Snowflakes should be sent to Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 130, Hamden, CT 06514.

I know several local residents who were disappointed that we didn't see a white Christmas in Barry County. Maybe those individuals can funnel their frustrations into creating snowflakes for another community that really needs the magic of a winter wonderland this year.

Lindsay Reed