SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. - The Connecticut PTSA, the state's branch of the national parent-teacher association, recently announced that it is ending its "Snowflakes For Sandy Hook" drive due to overwhelming support.
The drive came in response to the Dec. 14 shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Families were asked to send paper snowflakes that would decorate another Newtown school that children will attend when students return to class this week.
In Southborough, kids and their parents constructed a number of snowflakes at the Southborough Library on Dec. 29, in partnership with the Bigelow Center for the Arts. They were scheduled to come back on Jan. 5 to make more snowflakes, but the Connecticut PTSA says it will no longer be accepting contributions.
"We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity from around not just the country but the world," wrote the Connecticut PTSA on its website. "At this time, we have enough beautiful snowflakes to blanket the community of Newtown."
Lanting Huang-Truong, founder of the Bigelow Center for the Arts, said Wednesday she is searching for a place to display the approximately 100 snowflakes that remain at the center.
"I don't want them sitting in the box," Huang-Truong said. "I'm looking for a place where children in the community can see them."
Those who still wish to support Sandy Hook Elementary School may donate directly to the Connecticut PTSA Sandy Hook Fund. Click here for more information.