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Molten Java to Collect Donations for Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids

Molten Java to Collect Donations for Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on The S.H.A.C.K.’s website on 1/9/13. Owner/Editor of Bethel Buzz, Wendy Mitchell, grew up in Sandy Hook, attended Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown Middle School, and graduated from Newtown High School in 1987. Wendy’s sister-in-law works at Sandy Hook Elementary and thankfully survived. Another sister works at the Newtown Middle School. This tragedy has impacted not only Wendy’s family but families worldwide. This project, The S.H.A.C.K. is one Wendy is working on with her fellow alumni of NHS Class of 1987.

Local Businesses Rally ‘Round The S.H.A.C.K.

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For a small community like Sandy Hook, it is important to work together with the town, local retailers and the community to bring something special, like our community arts center, into town. We are happy to say we have done just that. On Tuesday, January 8th we attended the monthly meeting of a local business group, S.H.O.P., which stands for “Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity.” We were very warmly received and established some wonderful connections with local business owners who are supportive of our endeavour.

At the meeting first selectman Pat Llodra announced the state has given Newtown a $500,000 grant to help local businesses that were impacted by the tragedy.  Betsy Paynter, a member of the Economic Development Committee, explained the importance of shopping local and shared some ideas on upcoming events that are being planned to benefit the Sandy Hook shopping district. President of S.H.O.P. Michael Burton spoke about how the streetscape project will impact the community.

The “Shop Local” and “support each other’s businesses” sentiments were heard loud and clear and many shop owners were receptive to the new ideas that were presented.

One business, Family Fun Kuts for Kids, has agreed to allow The S.H.A.C.K. to host a “Pop-Up Art” event at her shop. More details will be announced shortly.

Other local businesses have agreed to serve as collection centers for The S.H.A.C.K. for art supply donations.

Those businesses are as follows:

Local Drop-Off Collection Centers:

Monroe: Sippin Fuel, 234 Main Street, Monroe.

Bethel: Molten Java, 213 Greenwood Ave., Bethel.

Brookfield: Servpro of Newtown & Litchfield, 3 Production Drive, Suite #4, Brookfield

New Fairfield: Village Hardware, 1 Brush Hill Road, New Fairfield

Ridgefield: Hamlet Hub (a.k.a. Talk of the Town) Online News, 37 Danbury Rd, Suite 202, Ridgefield

Newtown: TBA soon!

Danbury: TBA soon!

Our “Wish List” for donations is as follows:

kid’s size smocks
carpet squares
drop cloths
tiles for mosaics
mosaic grout
mosaic tools
butcher paper rolls (white, colored)
air-dry clay
exacto knives 
adult sized scissors
kids sized scissors

tissue paper for collages
newspapers for paper maiche
glue……. lots & lots of glue!!!!!

paint your own pottery supplies & glaze

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