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A Moment of Silence and Reflection

December 21st, 2012

Newtown Moment of SilenceSkillsUSA’s headquarters will be observing a moment of silence in honor of those lost in the tragedy in Newtown today at 9:30 a.m. EST. This is in accordance with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proclamation declaring today a “Day of Mourning.” Gov. Malloy has also requested every state to consider joining in to stand with them during this time of reflection and mourning.

We also want to pass along information shared with us from SkillsUSA Massachusetts state director, Karen Ward:

Thank you to our membership for hoping to help. “How can we help?” is a question that the entire nation is asking, and there are no clear answers. The best effort, for now, appears to be letters and cards for the families. The U.S. Postal Service has set up a dedicated post office box to allow the public to send condolences to those affected by the tragedy. Here is what the U.S. Postal Service representative has published:

“We understand that there is an outpouring of support for everyone in the Newtown area and we hope to make it easier for those who wish to send encouragement and messages of compassion to those affected. Through letters and cards, families will be able to hold that friendship in their hands and read kind words at a time and place that supports their pace of healing.” — Kimberly J. Peters, Connecticut Valley district manager for the U.S. Postal Service

Cards and letters of condolence can be sent to:
Messages of Condolence for Newtown
P.O. Box 3700
Newtown, CT 06470

In the coming weeks, we will seek additional avenues for chapters that wish to provide additional help to the families in Newtown. Once we have secured legitimate quality opportunities, we will communicate them to our membership.

In the meantime, we encourage our members to send cards and letters. It will help the healing in Newtown and will help our members overcome the feeling of helplessness that comes with having to stand by and watch such a tragic event unfold.

Peace to each of you during the holiday season.

Our thoughts are with Newtown

December 18th, 2012

Newtown, Conn.During this season when we think of others, and in light of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, we know SkillsUSA chapters will want to reach out to help in any way possible.  If we can provide any support to these efforts, we hope state associations and chapters will not hesitate to ask.

Meanwhile, I ask the entire SkillsUSA family to keep the children lost, those surviving, their families and all the educators and responders dealing with the tragedy in your thoughts and prayers.

Let us also all be truly thankful for the difference we all make daily for the great students we serve.  Know that even during challenging times like these,  each state association director, staff member and advisor is constantly lifting up our youth — and we always will — despite the challenges, and even losses suffered in the wake of tragedy.

Continue to do good things for kids … that will make our communities and our nation a better place. And, know that because of these efforts, good will always prevail.

May God bless those suffering today and help them on their journey through the challenging days ahead.

Tim and National Staff

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