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

(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.

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Jan 2, 2013 4:12 PM CST
I think I would be home schooling my baby for the remainder of this school year (2012-2013). I will get back to you all for the next school year (2013-2014), if I wish to enroll my child in the "mirrored" Chalk Hill school which is 5 miles further than Sandy Hook elem. Thank you, but no thanks, at this time !!!
Jan 2, 2013 12:31 PM CST
After seeing all that blood and such, why the hell would you mirror the other classrooms to look like the old, makes no sense to me. I wouldn't want to go back to the same, it would bring such horrific memories as if they don't have enough. What moron thought up this idea?
Jan 2, 2013 9:51 AM CST
Is the NRA now quietly preparing to train and place an armed teacher /administrator /guard in Chalk Hill Middle School? What will they do when the next school slaughter occurs? In the meantime, life goes on, at least to some, I suppose.