LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The survivors of last weeks tragedy will be welcomed to their new school with hand made decorations from students at Brookhollow Elementary in Lufkin. Snowflakes were handcrafted from the heart by Carrie Shockley's third graders. The different shapes symbolized their love and support for the students at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.
"We are making snowflakes to send them to the new school in Connecticut where the survivors from Sandy Hook will be attending in January so that they can go back to school and have a winter wonderland," Carrie Shockley, Brookhollow third grade teacher, said.
The tragedy in Connecticut hit home for the third grade teacher as a parent to a six year old daughter in girl scouts.
"It shook everyone up. Even some of my students were afraid to come back to school, but we're all supporting them," Shockley said. "I received an email through the Girl Scouts of America stating that we had lost several Daisy Girl Scouts in the shooting; and they were letting us know that they were starting this project where they wanted children from all across the United States to make snowflakes."
Shockley feels this project is a great way for her students to feel connected and reach out to the students in Connecticut during this difficult time.
"I asked them if they wanted to do something for those students and told them about the snowflakes and they really got excited," Shockley said. "It was just a really neat way for them to send something to those children. So, even though we're so far away here in Texas we can still do something for them and that way they can feel apart."
Shockley wants the children and staff in Connecticut to know that they have support across America to be there with them on their first day back.
Authorities announced Monday that Chalk Hill School in Monroe, Connecticut will now host the students and staff. No official date on when classes will resume.
The deadline to send snowflakes to Connecticut to welcome students back in January 12, 2013.
The address to send snowflakes is:
60 Connolly Parkway
Building 12 Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514