Rushville Republican

December 22, 2012

Snowflakes for Connecticut schools


Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — One of Rush County 4-H’ers is interested in helping those affected by the tragic shootings in Connecticut.

She writes:

Hello, my name is Madisyn and I am asking for you to help me.

I have relatives in Newtown, CT, in the same school district but not Sandy Hook school.

They are asking for people to help make their new school look like a Winter Wonderland by making cut-out paper snowflakes. I want to send as many as possible.

You can put your name and where you are from on it if you like.

I need to collect them by Jan. 5 to get them mailed, as they want them by Jan. 12.

Please join me and spread the word! Let’s send a blizzard of snowflakes!

You can drop them off at the Rush County Extension office, Room 103 at the courthouse in Rushville.

Thanks,

Madisyn

Should you choose to drop snowflakes off at the Extension Office, they are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The main courthouse doors are usually open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. should you need to slide snowflakes under the Extension office door.

They are closed Dec. 24 and 25 and Jan. 1.

The Cooperative Extension Service is reminding the community about resources available to them in this season of joy that can include a lot of mixed emotions. The resources are through Purdue Extension.

The Cooperative Extension Service provides research based education in the areas that affect the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. They are providing links to resources addressing violence and grief, especially as it relates to children.

This information has also been shared with 4-H families and the Rush County Parenting Council.  

“Dee Love, the Human Development Specialist with Purdue Extension, shared this link to resources on school violence compiled by University of Minnesota Extension.

One of them is a Purdue Extension resource written after the shooting at Columbine.

Many of them are geared toward teens, but some deal with helping children cope with grief.

Check out “My Friend Died and I Didn’t Even Get a Chance to Say Good-bye.”

These resources have also been posted on the Facebook pages of the Rush County Parenting Council and Partners for a Healthy Rush County. http://www.extension.umn.edu/family/families-with-teens/resources-professionals/violence-in-our-schools/index.html

Also available are two other publications that may be beneficial during this time.  They are:

http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/FC_Family_2010-01pr.pdf

http://extension.udel.edu/factsheet/dealing-with-grief/



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