Posted at: 01/05/2013 10:50 PM
By: Brittany Lewis
(ABC 6 News)-- Thousands of hand-made snowflakes have been sent to the new Sandy Hook Elementary School from across the country and world. The purpose is to create a winter wonderland, bringing some cheer to a community that has gone through so much.
Shannon Preip brought her five-year-old son to the Rochester Art Center Saturday to make a snowflake.
"Hey ya know, they're making these snowflakes ya know to send to sandy hook ya know, eh knew oh the school where all the kids died and he's like that's so cool. I want to go,” said Preip.
"I don't think it really matters where you live, ya know everybody can kind of relate and I think feel it in some way,” said Jason Pearson, Education Director at the Rochester Art Center.
The art center holds a free family day every month. This session, using the oldest form of photography, they made sunlight snowflakes with the option to take them home or send them to the students at Sandy Hook.
"I don't know how we could not do something like this. I just think it's a really great to kind of memorialize a really horrible event,” said Pearson.
That same thought crossing the minds of thousands across the country and world. So many snowflakes being sent to the school the Connecticut PTSA writing this message on their website:
“We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity from around not just the country but the world. At this time, we have enough beautiful snowflakes to blanket the community of Newtown. Therefore, with regret we must close the snowflake project to further donations. Please take this idea and your snowflakes and create a winter wonderland of your own in your community as a show of solidarity for our Newtown families.”
"We'll find a way to display them,” said Pearson.
Wherever they are displayed, these snowflakes sending a message to those in Newtown.
"We're thinking about them and we're praying for them,” said Holly Sherman.
The Connecticut PTSA is suggesting other ways to help the victims of Sandy Hook: http://www.ctpta.org/About-CT-PTA/SANDY-HOOK-FUND.html