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Sending messages of hope

Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 11:16 am

Tamera Desper cuts out the tracing of her hand.

On Dec. 21, some Louisa County High School students sent their hands and hearts to Newtown, Connecticut.

Jennifer Downey, LCHS teacher, heard about a program called for Hearts, Hands and Hugs for Sandy Hook Elementary, the site of the December 14 tragedy. Cut-out hand prints, adorned with messages of support and love, were collected and strung together in a chain to be sent to victims’ families, first responders, and the new Sandy Hook Elementary School site. Downey’s students and others from Susan Menton’s nursing class participated, sending a folder full of well wishes in support of the effort.

Downey’s classes also spent the last day before the semester break constructing towers out of uncooked pasta. Groups competed to see which design could support a marshmallow the highest off the table. Downey’s second block team “Seems _Legit” soared above the rest, suspending the marshmallow 21 inches in the air. The second-highest result was 10.5 inches.

Information submitted by Louisa County Public Schools