Dear NEWTOWN (E. Patricia Llodra, First Selectman),

We ... the 2012-2013 Seventh Grade Class and Mr. Tom R. Chambers (Teacher, Technology Applications), Raul Yzaguirre School for Success (Houston, Texas) ... want to dedicate this web page to you, and offer our condolences via web page letters. Please click on the thumbnail images below to view/read:

Seventh grade students were tasked to write letters of condolence in Microsoft Word, and then convert them to web pages. They utilized public domain background images to help convey their feelings re: the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012. This exercise and tribute helped these students work out their feelings about the mass shooting that involved the killing of students the same age as many of their brothers, sisters, nephews/nieces, and cousins.

The Newtown Bee, Special Edition, December 17, 2012


"Tom, this is truly beautiful. We will be posting it on our web site for all to see." (E. Patricia Llodra, First Selectman, Newtown, Connecticut)

"Mr. Chambers and Students, I read about your tribute/condolence to the people in Newtown, Connecticut in my local newspaper. I live in Roxbury, just one town over from Newtown. My nephews went to Sandy Hook Elementary School when they were younger. Like everyone in our great country, we are still in shock at what happened on December 14th. I decided to take a look at your condolence web site. You all wrote very beautiful and touching letters. I am sure many, many people are comforted knowing how much you care." (Lucia Alworth, Roxbury, Connecticut)

"Mr. Chambers and 7th grade class, your website is a beautiful dedication to the Sandy Hook Elementary School! I live just two towns over in a town called Middlebury, and it has been very difficult for all of us. I have read each letter that was written from your class, and have shared this website with others including my two sons, ages 9 and 13. We appreciate you heartfelt messages, and hope we can heal together as a country. Your letters have helped, just knowing you care all the way in Texas from Raul Yzaguirre School! You made our local newspaper (article). Thank you, and warm wishes." (Lori Ciocca, Middlebury, Connecticut)

"Thanks Mr. Chambers for being a great leader and being proactive as always. Your kids should be proud of you, and they should be very proud of themselves in doing the letters." (Joe Mata, Board of Directors, TCCC-RYSS, Houston, Texas)

"Tom, the letters were very touching. We recently launched a Facebook page, and have posted a link to the letters. You can see the site at (screen capture)." (Scott Sharlow, IT/GIS Director, Newtown, Connecticut)

Mr. Chambers' e-mail