Newtown residents had a chance on Friday to see the new Sandy Hook School, which is set to open August 29th for classes. First Selectman Pat Llodra says there's nothing specific in the school to honor the memory of the 20 children and 6 educators killed on 12-14. Llodra says the building is really a tribute to the entire community.
A Permanent Commission was established to identify the scope and scale of a project to become the memorial. There has been no officials site selection and the group hasn't determined kind of memorial there should be.
Llodra says the one thing that is certain is that it will not be located on school grounds.
In the wake of the shootings, hundreds of thousands of cards, letters, banners, stuffed animals, children’s art and other items were sent to Newtown. Some have been kept in their original form. Other items were documented as an archived photos, some have been recycled into material that officials are calling “sacred soil.”
Initial plans called for mixing about two cubic yards of the substance into construction materials. Llodra says it will be used for the permanent memorial site of building, whatever the final project is. Llodra says they have the sacred soil stored securely off-site.
Many of the toys and stuffed animals were donated.