Box will help people in Rock Hill “do something” to honor Newtown victims

adouglas@heraldonline.comDecember 18, 2012 

The city of Rock Hill and Rock Hill schools have found a way for the community to honor the victims of Friday’s school massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

“There’s just this feeling among all of us, I think, that we want to do something,” said Mayor Doug Echols.

A box set up in the rotunda at City Hall will allow everyone to “share their grief,” he said. City Hall is located at 155 Johnston St.

Adults and children are encouraged to write cards, notes and letters which will be sent to Newtown at noon Friday. Postage is not necessary because Rock Hill will put the letters together.

Children at local schools have the choice to create art or write letters and district personnel will take them to City Hall, district spokeswoman Elaine Baker said.

Not only will letters help Newtown families, she said, but also help Rock Hill children cope.

“Children are wonderful,” Baker said. “They can often think of things we can’t think of. They can do some things in the simplest way that will really touch someone’s heart.”

Anna Douglas 803-329-4068

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