Students at The Kent School were, like so many others across the state and country, upset when they heard the news of the shootings at Sandy Hook School on 12/14. And like others, many students of the independent coeducational boarding school in northwestern Connecticut began reaching out to the residents of Newtown with words of condolence.
The Newtown High School cafeteria was turned into a confectionary gathering spot on Valentine’s Day.
Vikki Grodner, the founder of Life Is Precious, traveled with her husband Ken from Alabama to help deliver thousands of cupcakes to Newtown’s first responders, the immediate families of those who lost loved ones on 12/14, and the children of Sandy Hook School. The offering was Mrs Grodner’s way of “giving the community communal hugs,” she said. She called it The Newtown Community Cupcake Heartwarmer.
A call from Chris Wenis, on the left, to Geoff Roesch, right, to thank the toy inventor for creating a toy that helped Mr Wenis’s child begin sleeping again after 12/14 resulted in a cross-county trip and the donation of dozens of similar toys for Newtown students. Also pictured is Robin Fitzgerald of Newtown Volunteer Task Force, second from left, and Toy Tree owner Tracy Schmidt.
The Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) has set the date for its fifth NICE Night of the 2012-13 academic year.
The Wednesday, March 6, NICE Night, a free community event, will include the showing of Disney Pixar’s Ratatouille, rated G. The movie is about a rat, named Remy, who is determined to become a renowned French chef in Paris.
A cookie decorating lesson will be offered at 4:30 pm in the NHS cafetorium, and eventgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner to eat at the event. The movie will be shown at 5.
In response to 12/14, a community of professional musicians from Newtown and surrounding areas have been rehearsing for a pair of special memorial and fundraising concerts to be performed at Edmond Town Hall Theatre on Sunday, March 3.
Two performances are planned, at 2 and 4 pm. Tickets are $15.
Upstate New York musician James Keneally is organizing the event, which will raise funds for the My Sandy Hook Family Fund.
Congregation Adath Israel, 115 Huntingtown Road, will host its next Bingo event on Sunday, March 24.
Doors open at 4:30, and games begin promptly at 5. Admission is free, and food and drinks will be available for purchase. Coffee is free.
A few changes have been made for the next afternoon of games: while there still be the chance to win big cash prizes, organizers have reduced the total number of games played in order to reduce total playing time. Organizers have also changed some of the games so that a winner can be found faster.