BY COURTENAY EDELHART Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Bakersfield schoolchildren are banding together with a special show of support for their peers at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
They're making paper snowflakes as part of "Snowflakes for Sandy Hook," a project of the Sandy Hook Elementary Parent-Teacher Association and the Connecticut Parent-Teacher-Student Association.
Parents there are planning to convert the new school the children will attend after the holiday break into a winter wonderland. Students all over the country are mailing in snowflakes so that the school will be blanketed with well wishes from across the nation.
Rebecca Watson, 37, of Bakersfield, heard about the campaign on Facebook and decided to organize contributions here. As of Thursday, four local schools had pledged to contribute snowflakes to the cause.
"Friday isn't a day when students are doing much, anyway," she said. "Most classes are just having Christmas parties, so I thought maybe they'd like to make snowflakes."
Watson, a mother of four, gets emotional when she thinks about the shooting last week in which 28 people died, most of them children.
"It breaks my heart," she said.
Watson is going to collect the snowflakes and mail them to Connecticut.
She's also going to be at a craft table from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Marketplace. Anyone who wants to support the effort can make a snowflake there or drop off one they've made at home.
You can also send snowflakes, yourself. Plan for them to arrive no later than Jan. 12.
The mailing address is Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514.