Snowflakes for Sandy Hook

Tragedy struck the nation on December 14, 2012, when Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conneticut.  A shockwave was sent throughout the nation, especially on the East Coast.  Not only was the shooting so close to the holidays, but Hurricane Sandy ravaged the region a few weeks prior.  Since then, relief efforts have been in full effect.

The citizens and students of Loudoun County have been in full swing trying to make the affected families’ lives easier during these tough times.  Virginia has dealt with tragedies like this before, such as the Virginia Tech shooting.  At Woodgrove High School, students have sent their thoughts and prayers through the use of paper snowflakes.  On each snowflake, students wrote messages, expressing their thoughts and condolences towards the situation.

One Woodgrove student especially made a sensational impact on the Newtown community.  Adriana Erickson, a freshman, took time out of her Winter Break to travel to Newtown to deliver presents and paper snowflakes donated by the citizens of Western Loudoun.

During Winter Break, many people expect to see children outside playing with their peers.  But in Newtown, the children remained indoors as their parents worried for their safety. 

“When we got up there,” Erickson said, “it was really depressing. The school was in lockdown and there were police everywhere.  It was snowing and no children were outside.”

When asked why she chose to do this project, she replied, “I wanted to drop off letters from the county to show that we cared.”

Every snowflake holds its own message to those families, telling them they’re not alone and relief is on the way.  Woodgrove’s students and staff have already sent boxes and boxes to Newtown for the holidays to decorate their new school.  Ours and other schools’ snowflakes from across the country will be hung from the ceiling in the school, not only to brighten the children’s hearts, but to remember those who were lost.