Saying thanks with cookies

Newtown educators show their gratitude to Monroe for Chalk Hill

Cookie Drop

Tracey Jaeger, left, PTO president of John Reed Intermediate School in Newtown, presents boxes of cookies, muffins and brownies to Monroe teacher Christine Scarpati, who accepts them on behalf of her colleagues at Fawn Hollow Elementary School. (Photo by Karen Kovacs Dydzuhn)

In a show of appreciation to the town of Monroe, faculty and staff at John Reed Intermediate School in Newtown baked cookies for the Monroe Police Department, first selectman’s office, Board of Education, superintendent’s office, and each school in town.

Reed Immediate School PTA President Tracey Jaeger recently dropped off about 100 boxes filled with a dozen cookies, muffins and brownies at each location.

“They wanted to do this to say thank you for all you’ve done,” Jaeger said to the administrative assistants working at Fawn Hollow Elementary School, when making the delivery.

“We hope they’ll find their way to the teachers’ lounge so they could enjoy them today,” Tracey said.


A personal thank you

Fifth grade teacher Gina DeCesare, coordinator of Operation Cookie Drop, said Newtown teachers wanted to personally thank Monroe’s teachers for welcoming Sandy Hook Elementary students and faculty to their new school building at Chalk Hill in Monroe.

“The idea came about because we’ve all been discussing Random Acts of Kindness for the past month,” DeCesare said. “We’ve had thousands and thousands in donations coming into our schools, and I just thought it was time for us to give back.”



DeCesare said she and her colleagues appreciate the support and assistance provided by their counterparts in Monroe, especially those who helped to transform the former Chalk Hill building into a new site for Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“From what I’m told, there were hundreds of Monroe’s teachers helping to get everything ready by cleaning the school, helping to set up classrooms and even purchasing supplies on their own,” she said.

“We want to say thank you for the way you welcomed our Sandy Hook family and for being such a good neighbor,” DeCesare said.

Cookie Drop 2

Teachers and staff members from Newtown’s John Reed Intermediate School baked, packaged and delivered goodies for those in Monroe who helped to prepare Chalk Hill to become the new Sandy Hook Elementary School.

After baking all weekend, teachers and staff members sorted cookies, muffins and brownies into boxes at Reed Intermediate.

Even though the students were dismissed early because of the inclement weather Monday afternoon, staff finished packing the goodies so they could be delivered by representatives from the school’s Parent Teacher Association on Tuesday morning.

DeCesare said she sent an email to all of the school principals to let them know about the impending Operation Cookie Drop.


Sprucing up

Christine Scarpati, an art teacher at Fawn Hollow, said all art teachers in Monroe worked on decorating the bulletin boards at the new Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Cindy Herman, a fourth grade teacher at Fawn Hollow, helped to beautify the school’s library. When she traveled to Good Ideas — a parent and teacher store in Newtown — to purchase art supplies, the owner told her to take what she needed.

“He filled up my cart and wouldn’t let me pay for it,” Herman said. “Pretty much every teacher from Fawn Hollow spent time at Chalk Hill getting things ready for the Sandy Hook kids and teachers. We wanted to be there.”

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