BA sends aid to Sandy Hook
by Rory Doyle
Dec 18, 2012 | 397 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Community Service Club at Bayou Academy is making an effort to ease some of the pain the surviving students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary are experiencing following Friday's tragic school shooting.

When club sponsor Claire Condon Marquis learned the school was seeking supplies after many were lost in the cleanup process, she knew it was a perfect opportunity for the club to help.

Marquis organized a supply donation drive today that involved participation from K-12 students at Bayou Academy.

"We asked the entire school to come out and bring one item to help their elementary school," said Marquis. "Please keep the families of the fallen victims in your hearts as we approach the Christmas holiday.

"This is what our club is all about," said Marquis. "We are blessed at Bayou to be able to help and we don't want to place any more burden on the surviving parents."

Each grade collected one specific supply that will be boxed up and shipped to Connecticut on Wednesday.

The list of donations included: glue, erasers, colored pencils, markers, tape, scissors, folders, hand sanitizer, construction paper, tissues, pencils, pens, notebook paper and sticky notes.

Bayou Academy senior and club coordinator Laurel Hayden Bowen said the club takes pride in lending a helping hand when disasters strike.

"This was a devastating tragedy and we knew right away we needed to step up," said Bowen.

Bowen noted that the club does a lot of volunteer work with children, and it was especially difficult to see elementary students have their lives taken far too soon.

"I'm completely distraught," she said. "Children are a huge part of my life — they are so innocent and don't deserve to be treated the way they were in Connecticut."

Marquis said the club would continue to assist in any way possible.

"The shooting has caused such an impact on our lives — to hear that Sandy Hook Elementary School and community has been ripped apart," said Marquis. "Bayou Academy is truly blessed with such wonderful children of all ages. I thank God each and every year for making it possible to work with such a fine school."