The tragic events in Connecticut earlier this month left our nation shocked and saddened. Among those who lost their lives at the Sandy Hook Elementary School were special educators, and children with disabilities, including at least one child with autism.
So when leaders at Sandy Hook Elementary School asked the public to create a “Winter Wonderland” of paper snowflakes for students returning to school, Melissa Cunane, one of the teachers at the Y.A.L.E. School’s Mullica Township campus, knew the children in her classroom could help.
With support from their teachers, the children made scores of colorful snowflakes of different shapes and sizes, and sent them to educators in Newtown to hang in the building that will become their temporary home.
“Children with autism have empathy and compassion,” said John Barnard, M.Sc.Ed., campus supervisor. “Although some of our children do not have words, this is one small way for our students to tell the community of Newtown, and especially the children there, that they care.”
UPDATE: Ms. Cunane’s classroom was featured on the NBC 40 11:00 news! Go to the NBC 40 website to read the article and watch the video from that night’s news broadcast.
The story was also published to the CNN iReport site here: Children with autism pay tribute with snowflakes