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Reaching Out to Newtown, Connecticut



On Wednesday (12.19.12) at 11:15 in the EHS Commons (immediately after the dismissal of school for winter break), EHS Principal Jill Burnes is inviting any interested students, staff members and community members to join her in writing notes and letters of support and encouragement to the community of Newtown, Connecticut. Participants will simply take a small amount of time to sit down and send thoughts to the families of the victims, staff and students of Sandy Hook Elementary as well as community members of Newtown . Paper, pens, and envelopes will be provided. We ask that community members sign in at the EHS office. We hope you will take a minute to join us in reaching out to Newtown.

Below is an excerpt from an email that Dana Scott sent out last Friday. Dana is the sister of Rachel Scott (first victim who died at Columbine High School).

Immediately following the horror we experienced at Columbine, our family became surrounded by the love and compassion of family, friends and even strangers worldwide. That love came in many different forms. It came in helping to cover the costs of funeral arrangements. It came with people leaving us dinners and food so my parents wouldn't have to cook. It came with people sending letters, emails, flowers and unbelievably thoughtful gifts to try to bring comfort. It came from people offering their support as counselors. It also came with people just being THERE for us. Not necessarily to offer advice, but just to cry with us. The grief was overwhelming, but so was the love and support. This is one reason why I am glad that we live in a country that cares about these families. I already know that millions of people from around the country and globe are going to reach out to offer their words of encouragement, financial blessings, thoughts and prayers. I cannot imagine what losing Rachel would have been like if nobody seemed to care, but there were so many people willing to help and just be there. Those people were light in the midst of tragedy.

I hope you will join us, as one community reaching out to another, in writing a note to our friends in Newtown.