Valley Stream students send their support to Sandy Hook
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Pravda said the students drew pictures on the covers of their cards to put smiles on the faces of the people of Newtown and to show them that they care. She was proud of the students’ drawings, but added that she also loved reading what was on the inside. “These kids wrote such beautiful things,” she said. “I was amazed.”
John Squadrito, an assistant principal at Memorial, took the cards to Newtown on Dec. 22. He wanted to make sure the cards got to the right place and had already planned on making a trip to Newtown to show his support. “Above and beyond the artistic value that they have,” he said of the students’ cards, “it was just the emotional piece, the sincerity and the pouring out of emotions that they had.
“When you’re dealing with seventh, eighth and ninth graders sometimes you feel they may not be contact with their emotions,” Squadrito added, “but from reading the cards it’s definitely emotional.”
The week of Dec. 17-21 was Memorial’s Spirit Week. On the final day of the week, students were supposed to wear the school colors of blue and white, but instead, Mignella and his staff thought it would be appropriate for everyone to wear green and white, the colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.