Salem County students deliver letters to Newtown
Salem County students travel to Newtown, Conn
Posted on 12/21/2012
card from Mrs. Sholders prekindergarten
NEWTOWN, CONN. — A line of nearly 20 police vehicles pulled into the back parking lot of Edmond Town Hall right as the children from Salem City and Pennsville elementary schools were stepping off the bus to deliver their hand written letters to family members of the victims from last week's shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school

Before entering Edmond Town Hall, the children paused at three memorials set-up in front of the building. The kids pointed and looked down at the collage of items together — flowers, pictures, ribbons and cards.

Roxzanne Forman, one of the chaperons, walked up to a young man in a blue sweatshirt who appeared to be crying and gave him a hug. Across the street, a funeral home where another victim was laid to rest.

When the children entered the town hall building, a big marquee read, "Come talk to us, grief counseling for all."

Tom Mahoney, Edmond Town Hall building administrator and volunteer at Sandy Hook elementary and Sheila Torres, Edmond Town Hall administrative assistant came to greet them.

"We wrote these letters for the family members and teachers," said 6-year-old Abby McNiss. "We came all the way from New Jersey."

Hands on his hips, Mahoney bowed down a bit to talk to the kids.

"We really appreciate you guys coming all that way," Mahoney said. "This is really special what you guys have done. We will make sure to get these to the school."

Leaving Newtown, everyone on the bus looked out the window at the array of memorials set-up on the lawns of houses.

"This was most definitely success," Forman said. "We hand delivered the letters and that was the most important thing --- to get them to the school and families."

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