When Sandy Hook Elementary students resumed classes today in a repurposed school in a neighboring town, craft snowflakes from around the globe greeted them, adorning hallways, staircases and classrooms.
The Connecticut PTSA wrote on its website that people sent enough snowflake greetings to "blanket the community of Newtown" and pointed well-wishers to other means of showing support.
The creators of Sykesville-based children’s games site Kneebouncers, who each grew up within about a half hour of Newtown, are offering their own way with an interactive website where users can create and view virtual snowflakes with personalized messages.
“We wanted to give a vehicle for more people to express their feelings,” said Punch Robinson, who says he went to high school with parents of current Sandy Hook students.
Robinson, who developed snowflakesfornewtown.com in Flash with Kneebouncers co-founder Kurt Dommermuth (the two also run PUNCH Communcations), said the idea came to him last month when, watching his kids cut out paper snowflakes for Newtown, he anticipated that the community would be overwhelmed.
Launched over New Year’s weekend but not yet heavily promoted, the site has received more than 1,000 submissions so far. Some have come from as far away as Hawaii. A user, Peg, from the island of Oahu, shared an Eskimo proverb:
“Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”
Robinson said he plans to compile the messages into a printed book and send it to the Sandy Hook Elementary School PTA.
Thanks to Heather from (cool) progeny for putting this on our radar.