The Connecticut Parent Teachers Association did not anticipate the huge response.
In order to help Sandy Hook Elementary School students’ transition to a new school after the devastating attack, the Connecticut CTA put out a request for anyone willing to make handmade paper snowflakes, to turn the students’ new location into a “winter wonderland.”
The massive response that followed, with tens of thousands of snowflakes coming from across the United States and as far as Hong Kong, led the Connecticut PTA to respectfully ask the donations to stop.
But Orland School District 135’s Parents For Education decided to move forward and spend a couple hours Thursday making snowflakes in the Sandy Hook students’ honor.
Hundreds of students and parents, as well as staff and board members came to the district’s administration building Thursday to either make snowflakes or drop them off. Each participant signed a message book that will be sent to Newtown, Ct., though the snowflakes will be put up around Orland Park in solidarity with the students out east.
“Our hope is that they will eventually see the snowflakes and know people across the country are supporting them,” said Julie Hildebrand, co-president of the Center School Parents for Education, who suggested to D135’s PFE that the district make snowflakes.
Orland Park Bakery donated dessert treats for the attendees, and Cross Mark Printing in Tinley Park donated paper.
“We are thrilled with the turn out,” said Tracy Pelini, D135 PFE president. “We’ll be looking to hang the snowflakes in schools, local businesses, government buildings and anywhere else people are willing.”
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