Community lit up to honor shooting victims
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.
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