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This Week, We’re Sending Notes to Newtown

A year after the shooting, we invite you to send good thoughts Newtown's way.

Part of the patchwork of paper notes in Newtown from a year ago. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
Part of the patchwork of paper notes in Newtown from a year ago. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
You may have noticed that the picture usually found at the very top of this page is different today. There are reasons for that: One reason has to do with profound sadness. The other is about healing or, at least, compassion and kindness.

What you see in the photo is a paper patchwork of memorial notes in Newtown, Connecticut. They were pulled together shortly after the elementary school shooting there. Last year, well-wishers from all over the world came to Newtown Patch by the thousands. "Dear Connecticut, know that you are not alone tonight," one wrote.

One year later, it seems fitting that Newtown knows again that it’s not alone. We invite you to take a second and share a "Note for Newtown." This is a special section on Newtown Patch where you can let the people in that town know they’re still in your thoughts.

Click here to leave a Note for Newtown.


If you're not sure what to leave in a note, here are a few suggestions:


We have a few rules for this section on Newtown Patch, which we will enforce this week with a zero-tolerance policy:

  • No politics
  • No fighting
  • No selling

If you’d like to do any of these three things, you have the whole rest of the Internet at your disposal. Thank you!
Maggi Smith-Dalton December 11, 2013 at 09:55 AM
Remember ....The residents of Newton have pleaded with people to NOT send letters or other things to the town, they are overwhelmed and can't handle the load. They ask that you do good works in your LOCAL community instead. A note on the Newtown Patch should be all you do in terms of sending notes, if they have requested that.

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