Student Rebuilders, we’re sure you’re also shocked and saddened by the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, December 14. We were stunned to hear about the deaths of twenty young children, six educators, the assailant and his mother.
Our hearts go out to the families of the victims. And like you, we’re searching for answers to why these unimaginable crimes happen, wondering how they can be prevented and looking for ways to help.
Amid the horror, we also celebrate the stories of heroism that tragic day and the outpouring of love and support from across the United States and globally.
The sad events took place during a season of light, celebration and joy, so many found it especially difficult to accept such a great loss. We encourage you to seek the comfort of family, friends, educators and other trusted mentors. And if you’re seeking ways to deal with this crisis or to reach out to the people of Newtown, CT, consider these options provided by CNN:
- Commit 26 random acts of kindness in honor of the 26 children and adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
- Send a Letter: The US Postal Service has added a PO Box for those who wish to send letters of condolence to the residents of Newtown. Please address mail to: Message of Condolence, PO Box 3700, Newtown, CT 06470.
- Help Children Cope: Save The Children has released 10 tips for parents wondering how to help their
children deal with their feelings about such a traumatic event.
- Provide Support to Others: Organizations
including the National Association of School Psychologists, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, have released recommendations
for parents and teachers to support children if they want to talk about what
- Volunteer: If you’re in Connecticut and would like to volunteer, the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection encourages you to call 211 or (800) 203-1234.