A community desire to lift up the families of Newtown has brought children’s museums throughout the state and region together to offer a series of programs titled “Museums. Love. Newtown.”
The goals of the museums and this collaborative effort, as announced by everwonder children's museum on Thursday, March 7, “are to provide exciting activities to ensure that children never lose their love of learning and engaging opportunities where families can enjoy learning together.”
EverWonder Children’s Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization aiming to open a children’s museum in Newtown, will provide free programming from April through August at a temporary facility located at 31 Peck’s Lane. Exhibits and programming will be reflective of the offerings planned for the permanent museum, once constructed. Any funds raised since 12/ 14 are being used for materials and exhibit costs for this temporary space.
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.
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 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.
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.