Port Jervis students shower Sandy Hook kids with snowflakes

Teacher aide Elizabeth Papallo helps sixth-grader Rebecca Whitney

Teacher aide Elizabeth Papallo helps sixth-grader Rebecca Whitney and her classmates at Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary School in Port Jervis make snowflakes as a show of support for the students at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (Jan. 3, 2013) (Credit: Handout)

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Sandy Hook Elementary School students returned to their new school Jan. 2, welcomed by a winter wonderland of snowflakes made by students from around the country, including two Port Jervis elementary schools.

The Connecticut Parent-Teacher-Student Association had put out a call for the nation to show its support for students impacted by the massacre -- 20 students and six adults were killed at the school Dec. 14 -- by making snowflakes to decorate the school they would be attending. The goal was to provide a "cheerful, happy environment."

Students at Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School and Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary School heeded the call and made close to 800 white paper snowflakes.

The Connecticut PTSA thanked on its website everyone who donated snowflakes. To read the message, visit ctpta.org/SANDY-HOOK-FUND.html.

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