Newtown Kids' New School Mirrors Old

Classes to resume tomorrow at school in Monroe

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 2, 2013 9:24 AM CST

(Newser) – The Sandy Hook Elementary students who survived the Dec. 14 massacre in Newtown return to class tomorrow, but many of them may be checking out their new destination today. An open house is being held at the formerly unused Chalk Hill Middle School in neighboring Monroe that the children will now attend, reports the AP. Workers and teachers have been painting, prepping classrooms, and decorating, and an effort to collect snowflakes made by well-wishers proved so successful that Sandy Hook's PTA had to close the project.

The New York Post reports that the PTA received so many snowflakes—from destinations as far as Australia—that they had to be stored in a tractor-trailer. The winter wonderland will be new, but many of the other elements will be the same, in what a Monroe official describes as an effort to make each classroom "look as close to the old classroom as possible." The same paint color graces the walls, and, when possible, the same chairs and desks were reused.

Volunteer firefighters place flowers at a makeshift memorial at a sign for the Sandy Hook Elementary school.
Volunteer firefighters place flowers at a makeshift memorial at a sign for the Sandy Hook Elementary school.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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