Sandy Hook Parents Raise Money To Make Schools Safer

CBS Connecticut

By MICHAEL MELIA, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The moment Alissa Parker learned of a shooting at her daughter’s school, she suddenly regretted not pointing out what she had seen as security gaps at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Parker, whose 6-year-old daughter Emilie was among 20 first-graders killed in the Dec. 14 massacre, had thought security could have been tighter, although she never could have guessed it would be tested by a gunman with a military-style, semi-automatic rifle.

“I have to admit, the minute that I received the phone call that said there was a shooting and it was at Sandy Hook, my mind went back to what I had thought and what I had known were the imperfections of the security at Sandy Hook, and I immediately knew my child was at risk,” she said Thursday. “I immediately regretted not saying anything.”

As parents who lost children turned…

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Yearbooks are important

kitty takes pictures

On the first day of eighth grade, I walked into Clint Small’s yearbook room with excitement. I was the new kid, a sheltered private schooler entering the realm of the public education system. You could imagine my disappointment when I found out I had to switch our my first period electic with the advanced geometry class I had to take.

When high school rolled around I was happy that I could finally take yearbook. Being a freshman it helped me learn about my new school, make new friends, and learn more about my passion. We had a full-colored book with 200 and some-odd pages.

Fast forward a few years to college. I’m 19 years old, starting my first year at UT, and still in yearbook. I knew I wasn’t ready for the fast pace of the Daily Texan newspaper staff, so I stuck with what I know and applied for a photographer…

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So lately, since a couple of doctors visits and stuff, I have been pretty obsessed with my overall health, so after my studying today, I just thought I’d share with you my health tip of the day! Often times, you hear people who say they need only 6 hours of sleep and they are good! Unless you are on military orders or in a Special Forces unit, 6 hours probably is not enough! Most doctors reccomend that people, no matter your age, need 8 hours of sleep to rejuvenate and balance hormones – especially the hunger control hormones. Try to adjust your schedule by whatever means and plan to sleep 7-8 hours nightly to help control those junk food cravings and weight gain.

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During my life I have played a variety of different sports, I have played soccer, basketball, softball, volleyball, and gymnastics. Now that I am in High School I had to pick and choose my sports, I decided that I would go with the one that I am best at and that will get me the farthest. Volleyball was my choice, I have played it for almost 7 years and I absolutely love it! As I got older I realized that you have to work your tail off in order to be successful. In High School volleyball you get put on teams and have to beat other players out just to move up! If it wasn’t for sports I would probably be over weight because sports keep me in good shape. My family is a big sports fan and they go and cheer my sister and I on almost every game! They also are always cheering my brother on when he is wrestling, playing basketball, or even football.