WILMINGTON -- People from all around the country are finding ways to show Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that they support its staff, students and community.
In the Deerfield Valley, high school students made unique gifts for the school.
"We asked the students what they can do to reach out to Sandy Hook Elementary," Twin Valley High School art teacher Christina Abraham told the Reformer. "They came up with something more meaningful than just a card."
Their idea was to make stained glass angels to send to the school in Connecticut, where tragedy struck when an armed man entered the school and went on a killing spree about three weeks ago.
Twenty small angels -- representing the children killed during the shooting -- and six big ones -- representing the slain staff -- were sent to the Sandy Hook school last week.
"The kids were hoping that the angels would be displayed in the new school to represent each life lost and to watch over their new school."
Those who work at Sandy Hook Elementary and attend as students began classes again on Thursday at the former Chalk Hill Middle School in the neighboring town of Monroe, Conn. The school was renamed Sandy Hook Elementary.
Students who were familiar with Abraham's stained glass class at TVHS helped train others who hadn't taken her class to shape, cut and put together the glass.
"In two days, it was all done. A ton of kids came and helped. Some stayed after school," said Aaron Wood, a math teacher at the school who also helped Abraham and the students with the project.
The kids felt that making stained glass angels would be a more personalized message of support. It was decided by the students that they would make the angels instead of signing a card from the school.
"All we did was facilitate," said Wood. "They came in and pretty much had a table in the art room. And kids came up in free periods. We stayed with them after school one day and they cranked them out."
Abraham is working in her second year as an art teacher, but has been at Twin Valley High School for about seven years. Wood has been working at the school as a math teacher for three years.
"We both co-advise a group called Renaissance. That group, as well as the Leadership Group, spearheaded this project," Wood said.
The Renaissance group is meant to improve the community and environment of the school. It is supposed to make kids feel welcome and encourage them to want to be a part of the school's community.
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