Students create snowflakes for Sandy Hook children
At Waverly Elementary School in Mooresville, first- and fifth-graders are working hard creating holiday cheer. Students are carefully cutting out snowflakes created with great care.
This is much more than a craft project. The snowflakes are heading for Newtown, Connecticut.
"I want the kids to know that we are praying for them and that it is going to be okay," said 10-year-old Olivia Brinnage.
Teacher Heather Garrison ran across "Snowflakes for Sandy Hook" on the Internet. The idea is to send colorful handmade snowflakes brighten the halls of the new@building those students would return to class to.
"They are just putting all of their love into it. They are just so excited about doing this and sending something, because they feel kind of helpless as I do," said Garrison.
The unthinkable shooting has left a nation at a loss, with a lot of questions as to how safe our kids really are.
In Zionsville, schools took a look at their own security measures. They found a potential weakness and they immediately fixed it. In the past, school buildings in the district had one door unlocked, which was monitored by someone in the front office.
"Knowing that there is never a wrong time to do the right thing, we made a move today to lock everything down from the outside," said Zionsville Community Schools Superintendent Scott Robison.
Ironically, Waverly Elementary held a code red drill just one day before the Newtown shootings.
"It's my job, it's my responsibility, to make sure that everyone here, staff and students come to school they feel safe, they are safe and we are prepared in case of an emergency," said Waverly Elementary School Principal Warren Dubois.
As adults review policies and practice procedures, children hundreds of miles away find comfort in something as simple as a handmade craft that represents anything but.
"I know it feels horrible to lose someone, but it feels great to do something about it" said 11-year-old Luke Schmitt.
Indiana is the only state that requires schools to have a trained and certified school safety specialist on staff. We are also the only state which provides that ongoing training through a school safety academy, which has been in place since 1999.