Com­mu­nity lit up to honor shoot­ing vic­tims

The Globe - - POLICEREPORTS - By Jar­reau Free­man

While watch­ing the news af­ter gun­man Adam Lanza trag­i­cally mur­dered 20 stu­dents and six teach­ers at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School in New­town, Conn. Dec. 14, lo­cal Glen­side Ele­men­tary School par­ent and PTO mem­ber Kelly Chip­man said she was moved when she heard a griev­ing par­ent de­scribe how his daugh­ter “lit up the room.” To honor the vic­tims, Chip­man thought it would be great to light up the com­mu­nity.

“I am still so sad and deal­ing with many emo­tions that are a re­sult of what hap­pened … in Con­necti­cut,” she said in an email. “My thoughts have been con­sumed with try­ing to an­swer the ques­tion, ‘What can I do?’ How amaz­ing would it be if our whole town lit lu­mi­nar­ies on Dec. 24 to re­mem­ber the chil­dren and teach­ers that were lost?”

As a re­sult, Chip­man and fel­low mem­bers of the Glen­side PTO or­ga­nized a lu­mi­nary sale at Glen­side Ele­men­tary Dec. 21 where in­di­vid­u­als could pur­chase a pack of 10 lu­mi­nar­ies for $5. More than $7,000 worth of lu­mi­nar­ies were sold by the PTO, said Chel­tenham School District Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Devel­op­ment Su­san O’Grady.

All the pro­ceeds from the sale will go to help fam­i­lies of the vic­tims with funeral costs as well as help cre­ate a me­mo­rial fund for the vic­tims.

“Sure, the peo­ple of New­town, Conn., will prob­a­bly never know of the small town trib­ute that we cre­ate, but what about those lit­tle an­gels look­ing down and see­ing the lights rep­re­sent­ing all of the peo­ple who are think­ing of them,” Chip­man said.

Af­ter bik­ing more than 3,000 miles from Penn­syl­va­nia to Cal­i­for­nia, Jenk­in­town na­tive Greg Auer­bach en­joys the Santa Mon­ica pier.

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