Town Heals and Remembers

Volunteers Archive Sandy Hook Well-Wishes

Thursday, Dec 26, 2013  |  Updated 2:58 PM EDT
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Volunteers Archive Sandy Hook Well-Wishes

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This photo provided Feb. 19, 2013 by Yolie Moreno, of the Newtown documentation project, shows one of the hundreds of thousands of cards, letters, banners, stuffed animals, children's art and other items sent to Newtown, Conn., after the shooting inside Sandy Hook Elementary School killing 20 children and six educators on Dec. 14, 2012. The town decided to keep it all, either in its original form, as an archived photo or as recycled material that officials are calling �sacred soil.� Plans call for mixing about 2 cubic yards of the substance into construction materials to perhaps use in the foundation of a new Sandy Hook school or to help construct a permanent memorial to the massacre. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Yolie Moreno)

Volunteers have archived thousands of letters, cards and children's artwork that flooded into Newtown, Conn., following last year's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The town kept everything. Some of it was preserved in its original form. Others were documented in photos or turned into recycled material that officials hope can be used in the foundation of a new school or to construct a permanent memorial for the 26 shooting victims.

Organizer and Newtown resident Yolie Moreno says she and the town library are working on websites to display the digital images. More than 30 boxes of artwork are being saved for an art installation in town.

Moreno says, "It was important to us that people know that what they sent in was read, was appreciated."

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