The Woodinville East Ridge Elementary School Parent Teacher Assocation (PTA) has activated the long standing and rarely used "PTA Cares" program in light of the deadly school shooting Friday at an elementary school in Newtown, CT, according to a post on their website. The program consists of a small line item of budget money set aside so the PTA can purchase flowers or a greeting card to extend care and support to community families in times of crisis.
"After the tragic shooting last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary, your PTA Board of Directors is considering sending those funds to Newtown, Connecticut,” PTA President Angela Van Lierop said Monday on the PTA’s website.
The PTA has set up a booth outside the school for parents to sign a card that will be sent to Sandy Hook Elementary. The booth, discreetly called “PTA Cares,” will be available to parents on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
“You can come sign a card for Sandy Hook Elementary Families and Staff, and we will send it along with our donation. We will not disclose any information about the shooting, so that our younger children aren’t exposed to any confusing or frightening information,” wrote Van Lierop.
On Dec. 17, Principal Paul Bodnar sent an email to the families of East Ridge:
“Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those whose loved ones were intimately involved. There is really no way we can truly express the degree of pain we feel as we look at the loss of life, both children and adults. As we here in our community all look ahead to the holiday season with hope and joy, the town of Newtown is facing difficulties we can’t begin to comprehend. We hope and pray that there will be some way to find some comfort and solace as the affected families try to come to grips with what has happened”.
Parents wishing to sign the card can do so at East Ridge Elementary from 3-4 p.m. on Tuesday.