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PTOs Holding School Supplies Drive for Sandy Hook Students

The town of Monroe has a vacant building for the children but they will need everything else when they begin school this week.

An empty unfamiliar school awaits the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School, displaced by Friday’s tragic shooting. Repairs are being made to the vacant Monroe middle school building and smaller desks are being brought in. Gov. Dannel Malloy is speeding the process to approve the school’s use so that the children can return to a sense of normalcy.

The children, and their teachers from Sandy Hook, could be moved to the school as early as Wednesday and Farmington PTO members have started a drive to ensure the familiar tools of learning - crayons, pencils, etc. - are also there to meet them.

East Farms PTO President Carri Roux and parent Amanda Sirica were among the many looking for a way to help the Sandy Hook community when Sirica suggested the school supplies.

“We brainstormed and she touched base with the Newtown superintendent’s office and they thought this was a wonderful idea because no one had offered this up before,” Roux said.

Roux said she was struck by the response the Newtown superintendent’s office sent: “Think of what your child uses at school – that is what they will need.” 

Farmington Superintendent Kathleen Greider approved the effort and Roux got in touch with PTOs at Farmington’s other schools. A notice went out to East Farms parents Monday and parents of children at the other schools should receive word Tuesday.

Roux said that UPS in Farmington donated boxes to help transport the school supplies and that Sirica’s husband will drive the supplies down – first on Wednesday and again after Friday. The drive ends Friday but the pair wanted to get the school supplies there as the children were arriving.

The PTO is asking for donations including crayons, markers, erasers, pencils, lined paper, scissors, glue sticks, teacher supplies and similar items the students and teachers might need.

Drop-off at East Farms will be in front of the office. Locations for the other schools have not yet been announced. 

Kerry December 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Union School is collecting supplies in their lobby until Friday. Thank you to Carri and Amanda for getting the ball rolling.
Cathie Saucier Martin December 18, 2012 at 11:55 AM
West District will be collecting supplies outside the main office until Friday as well. Thank you so much Carrie and Amanda.
Colleen Peluso December 18, 2012 at 12:15 PM
FHS will be collecting supplies outside the main office as well as at their concerts Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Thank you Carrie and Amanda for heading this up!
Libby Gallo December 18, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Carrie and Amanda - I used to teach in the area and have since moved on to a new career. I have a lot of teaching/classroom supplies that I would love to donate. I have books, paper, mini white boards, bulletin board supplies, chair pockets and much more. Can we coordinate it so that I can drop it directly to someone as opposed to bringing it to a school first? Who should I contact? Thank you for organizing!!
Sas December 18, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Thank you!
Andrea Sobinski December 18, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Noah Wallace is collecting and the dropoff for donations Is in the PTO room.
Andrea Sobinski December 18, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Thank you to East Farms PTO for organizing !
amanda sirica December 18, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Thank you to all the families of the Farmington school system. We will also have a drop-off location at the Farmington Community Center for anyone from the community that would like to donate.
Lydia DiPietro December 18, 2012 at 04:35 PM
As a retired teacher, I know what it is like to set up a new classroom. Teachers would need supplies too, such as bulletin board materials, etc. Go to any teaching supply store or Staples to get these things.
Denise Connolly December 18, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Thanks Carrie and Amanda for this wonderful idea and for coordinating all the schools to collect the needed school supplies so all can contribute. It's a good feeling to know that our community is coming together to help the Sandy Hook school families get through this difficult time.
Carri Roux December 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Thanks to everyone for all of your support. I just wanted to let everyone know the drop off collection site for the community is in the lobby of the Town Hall. (Not the Community Center). We will continue to collect supplies through Friday. Thanks. Carri
Maureen Messier December 19, 2012 at 12:34 AM
IAR has drop-off boxes in the front foyer. Thank you for organizing this, Carri and Amanda. Not just for the teachers and students at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but also for the opportunity for us to do something useful and tangible to help!
Kelly Beaudoin December 19, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Thank you for doing this! I think it's a great way for us as a community to help these kids!
Judy December 19, 2012 at 11:22 PM
They are not collecting school supplies at the town hall. I went there today with a box of supplies and was sent to the red building near the library. They were not collecting the supplies there either. Just thought I would let everyone.
Danielle Stofko December 20, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Hi Kerry, Can you please let me know where Union School is located? I have supplies that I would love to drop off. Thank you
Cheryl A. Demharter December 20, 2012 at 05:33 AM
On WTNH.com, it says that the Monroe school won't be ready for the Sandy Hook students until January 2nd at the earliest.

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