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Brewster Students to Host '26 Minutes for Newtown'

More than 200 people have joined the event on Facebook.

Community members will have a chance this weekend at Brewster High School to honor the 26 students and staff members who died in the horrific Sandy Hook school shooting in December 2012.

Students Heather Leo and Nikole Larm are organizing the rain-or-shine event, which is happening from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Both are enrolled in the leadership class. It calls for a "personal project," according to this letter. The goal for Leo and Larm is to "bring together the Brewster community in a special way to support the families of the victims," and the community of Newtown, CT.

A website for the walk is available here. Folks are encouraged to come at any time during the two-hour window and take 26-minutes worth of laps on the track.

"Right now is a time for healing and making known that these families have support behind them," the site reads. "​​​The best way to do that is to gather together as a community and to never forget the precious lives lost that day."

More than 200 people have joined the Facebook page for the event.

The walk is listed under the events section of the Newtown Memorial Fund website. Donations will go to the organization. Its purpose is threefold: "restore" (help those who were immediately affected), "remember" (establish a physical memorial and scholarships for future Newtown students) and "renew" (contribute to the community's moving forward, and not allowing the tragedy to define Newtown).

Ashley Tarr (Editor) May 09, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Who's planning to attend? This isn't the only time the community has reached out to Newtown. -In March, Newtown High thanked BHS for sending banners with messages of support (http://patch.com/A-2Wfn) -Shortly after the shooting, Brewster Honda invited residents to sign a giant sympathy card (http://patch.com/A-05vJ) -In February, a Mahopac teacher created a collage of snowflake prints made by her students as a gift to Leslie Gunn, the art teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School (http://patch.com/A-1KyQ)

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