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This story was corrected to reflect that the children making the snowflakes were in kindergarten.

How to helpFor information on how to support Sandy Hook Elementary School through the National PTA, go to www.pta.org.

Students make snowflakes for Sandy Hook ES

By GRETCHEN PHILLIPS

Staff writer

So children going to a new school in Connecticut can have some decorations, students at Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School decorated snowflakes last week.

When students and staff from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., arrive at a new school after the holidays, the halls will be decorated with a display of snowflakes.

Every class at Mudd, about 400 students total, will make and design snowflakes to send to the school.

According to information from the National PTA, parent volunteers are working to have students enter the new school decorated as a “winter wonderland with the entire school decorated with as many unique snowflakes as possible.”

The PTA is encouraging senders to be as creative as they can be, according to information on its website, “remembering no two snowflakes are alike.”

Kindergarteners from Molly Simpson’s class used coffee filters and glitter to create their snowflakes.

“We’re making them for a school that doesn’t have decorations yet,” said Isaiah Ellis, 5.

Some of the youngest students at Mudd are unaware of the events surrounding Sandy Hook, where a gunman killed 26 people and himself Dec. 14.

What they do know is that there is a school that has no decorations where students will be going soon. And decorations, the pre-kindergartners said, make people happy.

“I used to have no decorations, and my cousin gave some to me,” said Jaelyn Cole, 6, who said when she got decorations from her cousin, it made her happy.

Jaelyn said it is important to feel happy because “when you are happy, your parents are happy, too.”

Simpson said a decorated classroom helps to make the classroom environment better.

An empty building with empty classrooms could cause bad feelings, Simpson said, adding that the snowflakes will help the school look “more welcoming.”

Tanisha Goulbourn, math instructional specialist at Mudd, said she came across the snowflake idea on the Internet and thought it would be a wonderful way for Mudd to show support for Sandy Hook students.

Goulbourn sent an email to staff at Mudd, and soon everyone was on board.

Isaiah said making the snowflakes is a great idea because the other school might be empty and a school without decorations is “not fun.”

gphillips@somdnews.com