The first load of school supplies, collected by Farmington PTOs for children of Sandy Hook Elementary School, was packed and is on its way to Newtown Wednesday afternoon. A drive was quickly pulled together just two days before to help the students, displaced by the devastating school shooting, settle into a vacant middle school in Monroe where the students will return to school.
The drive was organized by East Farms parent Amanda Sirica and PTO president Carri Roux.
According to PTO leaders, there has been a great response from the Farmington schools. A commercial van was packed to the top with more than 60 boxes of new school supplies and Sirica and her husband Rob are transporting the items.
The PTOs will continue to collect supplies through Thursday at noon, with plans to make a second trip to Newtown Friday morning. Because some items were very popular and others not as much so, the PTOs are suggesting anyone who would like to help donate gift cards so teachers and staff from Newtown can fill in the gaps of what they need.
Collection boxes are available at each school and at the Farmington Town Hall.