There is a special installation in one of the playgrounds at the new Sandy Hook School. A so-called buddy bench dedicated to a second grader who recently passed away. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Erardi says it's dedicated to Collin Whitmore as a class gift.
The 8-year old's family asked that donations be made for research of AVM, an abnormal connection between arteries and veins. These malformations most often occur in the brain or spine.
The bench is a tool designed to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. Kids are encouraged to include anyone who is sitting on the bench into their play time.
In his obituary, it was written that Collin's quiet enthusiasm for life not only shown in the sports he loved, hockey and golf but more importantly his ability to make anyone he came in contact know that their lives were special and that people such as Collin cared in a special and humble way.