The Family Success Program, under the Adult Education and Literacy department at Kaskaskia College, is participating in the “Helping Hands Project”.
The “Helping Hands Project” was launched in response to the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings on December 14 by “teachers who grew up in Newtown,” according to the project’s website, helpinghandsfornewtown.weebly.com. Essentially, the project is asking for schoolchildren across the country to show support for the surviving Sandy Hook Elementary students by creating a single sheet of paper from each student with the student’s handprints and the message “You are not alone. You are loved. You are safe.”
The handprints, once gathered, will adorn the walls of the new school attended by the Sandy Hook students, pending approval from that school’s board. Without the approval, the handprints will be displayed in a nearby venue. “We promise your hands will be shared,” the website says.
Julie Rose, KC’s Adult Education and Literacy Family Success Coordinator, has gathered handprints from some of the Central City schools to send to Newtown. “Even though we are miles apart and complete strangers, our hearts went out to them [the victims and survivors],” Rose said.
Family Success provides Family Literacy Programming for families in the Marion, Clinton, Washington, Bond, and Fayette County areas. Family Literacy Services are grant funded and family participants receive services without cost. For more information, please call 545-3115. For more information on the “Helping Hands Project,” visit http://helpinghandsfornewtown.weebly.com.