People look at memorials on Washington Avenue and Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook, Conn., in memory of the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 16, 2012. ( Ricky Flores / The Journal News )
BUFFALO, N.Y.- Beth Iszard Swift lives in Buffalo now, but grew up in Newtown, Connecticut. Swift, and dozens of other ex-pats are now pulling together to help their hometown heal in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Swift and her family moved to Newtown when she was 8 years old. She graduated from Newtown High School in 1978. Now, nearly 35 years later, she is rallying with her sister, brother and other Newtown Public School alumni to do something to help their friends and family dealing with the aftermath of the December 14th shooting rampage that left 26 people dead.
They have formed the Newtown Alumni Fund. Their efforts are focused on providing resources for people who need counseling services in the future. Swift says right now, there is plenty of help coming in from around the world, but in the months and years to come, many people, be they students, teachers or first responders, may need help dealing with the long-term emotional scars that will be left behind.
You can find out more about the group, the fund and how to help at their website Newtownalumnifund.org.