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Hundreds of paper snowflakes made locally for Sandy Hook

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Hundreds of paper snowflakes from Jefferson County will soon grace the halls of Sandy Hook Elementary School.

After hearing about the National Parent Teacher Association’s project, In Motion School of Dance owner Shereen P. Daly started a Watertown-based collection. The outpouring of community support she received so far has been overwhelming.

The project is in response to the shooting in Newtown, Conn. where 20 children and six adults were slain on Dec. 14.

“I just had a vision of this school being filled with snowflakes when the kids came back in January,” Mrs. Daly said. “I really had no idea this snowflake thing would have went as far as it did. I’m proud of our dance families for stepping up and taking this forward.”

After informing the families on Dec. 19 about the projects, others jumped on board to help cut out snowflakes. She received seven full boxes from Watertown City School District and held a snowflake-making event at the Italian American Club on Saturday. Stage Notes theater company contributed 100 snowflakes. The Board of Cooperative Educational Services’s Continuing Education Program, Rhonda’s FootWorks, Sally Ploof Hunter Memorial Library in Black River and Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library have all promised to send snowflakes.

Mrs. Daly plans to sift through the paper projects this weekend and put them up on the dance studio’s blog. She is not sure how many snowflakes are in the bags and boxes currently at the studio.

“Quite easily, there will be hundreds,” she said.

Flower Memorial Library has a craft station where children can cut out and decorate snowflakes every day the library is open. Only 20 snowflakes were made by Friday, but the library will have the station out all weekend and Monday.

“The snow and the holidays have deferred traffic from the library,” said children’s librarian Ashley J. Pickett.

She said the project is an easy way for parents to talk with their children about the project while teaching them how to give back.

Mrs. Daly hopes to ship her first box to Newtown, Conn. on Monday but plans to collect snowflakes until Jan. 8 to make it there by Sandy Hook’s first day back after winter break.

To contribute to the project, drop off or mail snowflakes to the dance studio at 19401 NYS Route 3, Watertown, NY 13601.

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