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Students make snowflakes for Conn. students

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Snip by snip Jackson Public Schools students are creating more than 800 paper snowflakes.

"I don't really fold it in a triangle but sometimes I do. I'll just fold it up and I'll just cut a design in it and I'll do the same thing on the side," explained one student.

The snowflake creations are part of a nationwide effort to create a winter wonderland for students at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., when they return from the holiday break.

The goal and message is simple.

"That somebody is hurting, and they are sending their love," said Mississippi PTA Executive Director Evelyn Garner Araujo.

The Mississippi and national PTA, along with families and churches are participating.

While many of these students may not comprehend the scope of the tragedy, there are tips for parents to teach them.

"I really do find, if you just state the minimum amount and they'll ask you a question. You answer it straight forwardly, don't elaborate, then the next question comes or they take it in and they are satisfied," Garner Araujo said.

Those questions can lead to other topics, such as helping someone who is talking about acting out violently.

Garner Araujo explained how she talks with her children, "If you are ever in a dark place or if a friend comes to you and shares with you that he or she is in a very dark place, be sure to talk. Find out where you can get help, tell an adult."

Organizers say the snowflake making event is one way to teach children about compassion and sympathy when they know someone is hurting.

For more information, visit Mississippi PTA's website.

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