When elementary school students who have endured unspeakable tragedy in return to classes in a different building, they will be greeted by scores of beautiful white snowflakes.
And some of those snowflakes will be coming straight from Riverhead.
Riverhead middle school Latin teacher Loren Custer offered to let her students participate in the "Snowflakes for Sandy Hook" project -- organized to help create snowflakes for the students of Sandy Hook Elementary School -- as extra credit.
"I am getting texts and emails from kids and parents showing these amazing snowflakes they are bringing in," Custer wrote in an email last week.
According to Newark Patch, the National PTA sent out an email this week about how citizens can help the staff and students of Sandy Hook Elementary School as they return to their school in January.
"When school resumes for Sandy Hook, it will be in a new building. Parent-volunteers are working to ensure that the students are welcomed back by a winter wonderland with the entire school decorated with as many unique snowflakes as possible. We encourage senders to be as creative as possible, remembering that no two snowflakes are alike. Please make and send snowflakes by January 12, 2013 to the Connecticut PTSA address at the end of this email," wrote Betsy Landers, National PTA President and Jim Accomando, Connecticut PTSA President.
All snowflakes should be sent to: Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514.
Riverhead students will also be making a quilt for Sandy Hook Elementary School students.