Butterflies for Newtown

Paper Butterflies are being mailed from all over the world to Pomfret CT where they are being held till spring when they will replace the Paper Snowflakes in Newtown, CT.

In the aftermath of the tragic event in Newtown, Connecticut, people from around the world are being asked to create Paper Butterflies that will be sent to Sandy Hook Elementary School,  Newtown, CT as well as the Police and Fire Departments of Newtown for an ongoing show of love and support.  Send to the address below; do not send to Newtown directly.  

Paper Butterflies will be used to decorate the school as the seasons change.  The butterflies can be made any size up to 18" diameter. Please color them on both sides so they can be viewed in the rooms and outside from the windows. They can also be hung as if in flight if you tie a line of string or fishing line to them.  Schools are asked to instruct teachers that want to participate to create a single paper butterfly per classroom as a class project. Having all the children decorate a single Paper Butterfly will decrease the numbers of butterflies mailed and increase the numbers of schools represented in Newtown. You might have heard that many more paper snowflakes came in than could ever be used. We pledge to use each and every paper butterfly sent.

Butterflies can be sent NOW and should arrive no later than March 15th.  They will be brought to the school for the teachers to decorate their rooms as the season changes.  The paper snowflakes were such a beautiful show of love and support and as the seasons change we want to continue that for the people of Newtown.   When the earth transforms from the cold and dark of winter the butterflies will help usher in spring with the promise that “We will never forget.”

Paper Butterflies can be sent to:Butterflies for Newtown
c/o The Bakers Dozen, 24 Mashmamoquet Rd., Pomfret Center, CT 06259

Follow the progress of the butterflies at:http://www.facebook.com/ButterfliesForNewtown

Contact us at: plee1825@yahoo.comor message us on facebook.

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Sam Mihailoff January 27, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Don't get me wrong...beautiful gesture........but are you aware all the hanging paper items violate fire code and cannot remain on display within the school building....Check with you local fire marshall
Pam Lee January 27, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Butterflies have just started to arrive and will be collected until April 1st. If you would like to donate a hand made paper / mixed media Butterfly to decorate the schools there is still plenty of time. Have fun and help me bring love and light to the children and care givers.
Mountie January 28, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Pam is just continuing with the outpouring of support when children from all over made snowflakes to decorate Chalk Hill. I don't foresee a problem since these butterflies will replace the existing snowflakes.
Sam Mihailoff January 28, 2013 at 05:32 AM
just saying, the custodial staff HAD to remove the snowflakes per: violation of fire code. That info I heard directly from one custodian
Pam Lee January 28, 2013 at 07:15 AM
Thank you for your concern Sam, the fire code has already been discussed. Yes the fire marshall has already stepped in with the snowflakes and so we do know how many butterflies can be hung. It's not unlike any decorations that the teachers put up seasonally anyway. The children's safety is our first concern. The butterflies are meant to fill the void that taking down the snowflakes and all the love they represented. Hugs.
Pam Lee January 28, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Thank you for your concern Sam. The health and welfare of the children are our utmost concern. The Fire Marshall has already addressed the snowflakes and they are in compliance. We will follow all regulations. The butterflies are going to be there to decorate the schools when they take down the snowflakes. The snowflakes were such a beautiful out-pour of love we want to fill the void that they will leave when they are taken down. Just imagine for a second if you will how it feels to come to school everyday and know that people from all over the world cared enough to want to decorate your school. Now imagine that the season are changing and the snowflakes have to come down and the butterflies go up and the kids can see that people really do care. They are still there to support you even after the news crews have gone home. The butterflies will be there to renew their spirit. The butterflies are there to say "We will Never Forget"
Pam Lee January 28, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Yes, Sam they did have to remove SOME. I am working with the Board of Education and we have discussed the appropriate amount of butterflies as per the Fire Marshal. When the snowflakes went up no one had thought of that point. Now we are aware of it. Thank you.
Erin January 28, 2013 at 03:48 PM
A priceless thought and action...but lets make sure we can host those butterflies in code:)))
Pam Lee January 28, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Breaking news. I'm sorry I miss spoke or I should say I miss understood. This is not officially a BOE approved project as the board did not sit down with it. I have the assistance of a board member who is helping me bring the butterflies in. I have to change the press releases to reflect that. And, we will only be sending them to Sandy Hook. police and fire. I will still need about 700 or so butterflies. Now that we will not be sending them to the other schools it is more important that if you want your butterfly to go to Sandy Hook send them soon. I still promise to use every butterfly I receive but they may go in a bound book for the school instead of hung.
Pam Lee January 28, 2013 at 04:46 PM
And the butterflies will be delivered to be hung by the teachers as they see fit for their own rooms.
kelley January 29, 2013 at 12:07 AM
Maybe this person should contact the PTA to coordinate decorating since we are already handling the decoration of snowflakes for the schools
Pam Lee January 29, 2013 at 03:17 AM
Hi Kelley, Just waiting to hear back from Kelley M. President of the MGE PTA. I'd be thrilled to hand over the reigns. If this is you I sent you a message.
Pam Lee February 02, 2013 at 12:51 AM
The project is coming along nicely. Come see the progress at: https://www.facebook.com/ButterfliesForNewtown Lot's of pictures and project ideas
Lois Imbriano Barber February 02, 2013 at 03:57 PM
I am hoping a real butterfly garden will be part of one of the Sandy Hook Memorials.
Pam Lee February 03, 2013 at 03:30 AM
Yes, me too. If there is anything that I can do to help with that I would love to. I live in butterfly world. I'm sure if there is space available and it is part of the overall plan that the local Master Gardener Association would be honored to be asked to tend it. UConn's association with the MG brings a wealth of knowledge they would love to plan an awesome garden.
Pam Lee February 06, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Dear Friends, Sad News for you. It has been decided after all that the Organization Responsible for Decorating the Schools does not wish to replace the snowflakes with the butterflies. I know I'm sad too. The support keeps pouring in town and they ask that if you have made Butterflies if you would please use them to support and spread cheer in your neighborhood. I initially had the go ahead but now.....


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