Sandy Hook Tragedy
Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles was stunned and deeply saddened by the loss suffered in Friday's Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. Learning that eight of the twelve girls who died were Girl Scouts and that two Girl Scout families lost sons has made the tragedy even more personal for our Girl Scout sisterhood. Newtown, CT, which once seemed a world away, is so much closer.
It's been said that a green candle signifies healing and love, and so we share this virtual green candle in memory and tribute to the victims of the horrific events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT on December 14.
Please continue to check our website (www.girlscoutsla.org) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GSGLA) for updates on how our council is working to collaborate on support, tributes, and aid for the Newtown community.
A message from GSUSA:
Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez offered her condolences to all those affected; you can read her message here.
Send a message to Connecticut Girl Scouts:
Girl Scouts of Connecticut are planning a service with the Newtown Service Unit and have invited Girl Scouts from all over to submit trefoil art to be presented at the service. For more information, click here.
Here are some resources compiled by a our sister council Girl Scouts of Connecticut:
• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
"Tips for talking with and helping children cope after a disaster."
• National Association of School Psychologists: "Talking to children about violence: tips for parents and teachers" and "A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope."
• American Red Cross: "Recovering Emotionally"
• New York Times: "Tips for Talking to Children About the Shooting."
• National Child Traumatic Stress Network: "Talking to Children about the Shooting."
• Fred Rogers' advice from Family Communications: "Helping Children Deal with Tragic Events in the News."
• American Psychological Association: "Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting."
• Save the Children: "How to help Children Cope with a Crisis."
• Nurturing Parents and Teachers: "How to talk to Your Children About the Connecticut Tragedy."
• Connecticut Commission on Children: "Helping children and adults cope with events like the Newtown school shootings."
• National Institute of Mental Health: Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do
• Massachusetts General Hospital: How Can Parents Help children After a National Tragedy?
• An Exchange article by Diane Levin: "When the World is a Dangerous Place - Helping Children Deal with Violence in the News."
• U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Tips for Talking to Children and Youth after Traumatic Events."