Wednesday, December 26, 2012
United Methodist Church has collected 85 teddy bears for Sandy Hook Elementary families, but due to the recent surge in donations, Connecticut officials are asking that the bears be donated locally in the Milwaukee area instead.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Jeff Rumage
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
When news broke earlier this month about an elementary school shooting, the entire nation turned its focus to the small town of Newtown, Connecticut. Although it would have been easy to feel helpless about a tragic act against innocent children in a safe setting, some people, like Sharon Garrett, felt compelled to reach out and help. A collector of Teddy bears, Garrett called on her fellow parishioners at United Methodist Church to donate the stuffed bears to Newtown families impacted by the shooting. "I was so touched by what the families were going through, and I really wanted to find a way to reach out to share God's love," Garrett said. "I wanted it to be a very concrete, personable relationship with the children and families, to let …
Friday, December 21, 2012
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," the NRA's Wayne LaPierre said.
In an amazing Friday morning press conference, the National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence following the horrific shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, CT and called for a surge of gun-carrying "good guys" around American schools. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for a new kind of American domestic security revolving around armed civilians, arguing that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." "We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents," LaPierre said. "Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by Capitol Police officers. Yet, when it comes to our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the American family, our …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Writers in the Patch "Local Voices" section share strong opinions about the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT. Read, consider and comment.
Opinion writers who use the Patch “Local Voices” feature in the Milwaukee area reacted immediately and strongly to the tragic Newton, CT shooting on Friday. Read what your neighbors are writing, see how they’re reacting and join the discussion on Patch: Shorewood Patch also spoke with school officials about the district’s emergency preparedness.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Parents share their thoughts and school officials discuss security and safety within the Shorewood district after an unfathomable tragedy in Connecticut.
"The major purpose of my existence is protecting children; I don’t understand how someone can be on the other end of that spectrum," Atwater Elementary School Principal Tim Kenney said. Struggling to find the words to put perspective on Friday's grisly shooting that killed 20 children and 7 adults in Newtown, CT, Kenney said he has experienced the gamut of emotions. With school officials and district parents trying to make sense of it all, Kenney —who oversees the district's security procedures — said families will receive an email alert explaining that Shorewood schools are cognizant of the horrible tragedy in Newtown and safety within the district is a top priority. “Obviously when something like this happens, parents are more than …