UPDATE: Open House Being Held For Sandy Hook Students

UPDATED Wednesday, January 2013 -- 7:45 a.m.

MONROE, Conn. (AP) -- An open house is being held at a repurposed school for students who attended Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown.

The open house is scheduled for Wednesday at a former middle school building in nearby Monroe. Workers and teachers have been getting the space ready, painting, moving furniture and recreating classroom spaces.

Some families have already visited the school ahead of the start of classes on Thursday. The children have not attended school since a gunman killed 20 of their classmates and six adults in a Dec. 14 rampage.

Counselors say it's important for children to get back to a normal routine and for teachers and parents to offer sensitive reassurances.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted Thursday, December 20, 2012 --- 2:14 p.m.

Press Release from the Governor's Office:

Madison—Today, Governor Walker issued a proclamation for a Day of Mourning on December 21, 2012. A moment of silence is also to be observed at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, December 21, 2012 to honor the 20 children and 6 educators, who lost their lives in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14th.

“Newtown and the State of Connecticut are still reeling from the terrible loss of life last Friday,” said Governor Walker. “Governor Malloy has called for a Day of Mourning in Connecticut and asks that states across the nation also remember the victims and their families in a moment of silence. This is also a moment to honor the bravery of Sandy Hook Elementary staff and the first responders. During difficult times such as these, it is important that we stand together to support our neighbors, who are suffering.”

Across Wisconsin on Friday, December 21 at 9:30 a.m., a moment of silence will be observed. It is also asked that places of worship and government buildings with the capability ring bells twenty-six times in honor of each of the lives that were lost.

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