Eleven-year-old Elizabeth Saddig of Naugatuck has spearheaded a “Books for Sandy Hook” campaign and is collecting reading books for the Sandy Hook Elementary School students. She is collecting new and “gently used” books for grades K through 4, which will be delivered to the Sandy Hook students at Chalke School in Monroe right after the New Year.
A sixth-grade student at Hillside Intermediate School, Elizabeth said she only wanted one thing this year for Christmas: for her community to help the community of neighboring Sandy Hook. She wrote to Naugatuck school Superintendent John Tindall-Gibson, asking for his support. With his encouragement and with permission from Mayor Robert Mezzo, Elizabeth has set up a donation box in the lobby of the Town Hall, near the Christmas tree with the angel from the Naugatuck High School students. A second collection box will be placed at Stop & Shop on Rubber Avenue.
Donations will be accepted through Jan. 1.
The “Books for Sandy Hook” campaign has drawn attention on Facebook and other social media. Donations are coming in from as far away as East Haven, Madison, and Killingworth.
Elizabeth is the daughter of George and Kerry Cronan Saddig of Naugatuck.