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SJIHM students reach out to Sandy Hook



Published: Fri, January 18, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Neighbors | Submitted.Mia Wilson held up two of the snowflakes that she made to welcome the students at Sandy Hook Elementary School to their new building.

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Neighbors | Submitted.St. Joseph Immaculate Heart of Mary students made snowflakes for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School. Nathan Leskovac shows the snowflake he made.

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Neighbors | Submitted.Julianna Frengler (left) and Brooke Buffington, students at St. Joseph Immaculate Heart of Mary School, are shown with snowflakes they made for Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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Neighbors | Submitted.Riley Burns (left) is shown holding up her snowflake with Sharon Machuga, the teacher who came up with the idea to send the snowflakes to Sandy Hook.

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Neighbors | Submitted.Daniel McCarthy is shown working on his snowflake to decorate the halls of Sandy Hook Elementary School.

St. Joseph Immaculate Heart of Mary Student Council has a goal of an act of charity for each month of the school year. When Student Council Adviser Sharon Machuga read about Sandy Hook Elementary PTO’s project of turning their “new” school building into a winter wonderland, she brought the article to the Student Council representatives.

Student Council representatives decided to have the entire SJIHM student body participate in making snowflakes to help Sandy Hook Elementary PTO accomplish its goal, and to show Sandy Hook students love and support from Austintown. All SJIHM students gave their recess time to cut snowflakes that would be sent to Sandy Hook.

“These snowflakes will be hung through out Sandy Hook’s new school, transforming it into a winter wonderland of love and support. They join other snowflakes from around our country in support of Sandy Hook’s community,” said Machuga.

Future Student Council activities planned for acts of charity include a cake decorating contest where cakes will be judged and awards given. After the contest, cakes will be cut and pieces sold with money going to a charity yet to be determined. Patrick Thomas said any uncut cakes will be donated to the soup kitchen.


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