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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) State education officials and a teachers' union have announced a website for donations to help Newtown teachers in the aftermath of a grade school shooting rampage that killed 20 children and six educators.

Contributions received at DonorsChoose.org/Newtown will help Newtown teachers design and pay for classroom projects and materials. Promoters say projects could include books and shelves for a reading area, art supplies or seeds and soil for a memorial garden.

Organizers say the goal is for residents of Connecticut and elsewhere to offer holiday gifts to Newtown's teachers and their students.

The Connecticut Department of Education, Newtown Public Schools and American Federation of Teachers and its Newtown local announced the website.

The parent organization, DonorsChoose.org, was founded in 2000 and has funded more than 328,000 projects in about 46,000 U.S. schools.

Money raised by the website will be divided equally among teachers in Newtown to help pay for projects they've designed.

The money could buy books and shelves for a reading nook, art supplies for a mosaic, or seeds and soil for a memorial garden.

The parent organization, DonorsChoose.org, reviews every request from a teacher, purchases the materials and ships them to the classroom. Photos of the project will be provided, as well as details about how the money was spent.

The website will operate for six months.

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