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Newtown Board of Education Member Thanks Monroe for its School

Keith Alexander of Newtown spoke to the Monroe Town Council during the public session at the beginning of its meeting Monday night.

Monroe came through for Newtown after Sandy Hook Elementary School became a crime scene following the fatal shootings there one month ago, allowing the school to use the mostly vacant Chalk Hill building on Fan Hill Road. On Monday night, Newtown Board of Education member Keith Alexander formally expressed his gratitude at a Monroe Town Council meeting.

"I just want to thank you so much for the use of your school," said an emotional Alexander. "I really can't think of how to say thank you. We just want to thank you over and over again. It's fantastic that this was made available to us."

Town Council Chairwoman Enid Lipeles replied, "Your loss is immeasurable."

Alexander also praised the Monroe Police Department for making the school safe and secure.

During the First Selectman's Update, Monroe First Selectman Steve Vavrek thanked the Town Council for its support of allowing Newtown to use the town's building and for getting things done quickly.

"From the Governor's Office to Congressman Jim Himes' office, it's been a great, great effort," Vavrek said.

He said bad wood was recently removed from the gym floor, replaced and repainted and he praised Jennifer Aguilar and Kelly Plunkett for leading a volunteer effort to build a playground outside the school. "They called someone who happened to be from Sandy Hook," he said of the construction.

Vavrek looked at Alexander and said, "Newtown, you're us, we're you."

Robynne Wildman January 15, 2013 at 02:14 PM
I, too, want to thank my hometown for stepping up to the plate. Growing up Newtown was always our biggest 'rival' - but we're all family. Thank you Monroe, for helping to shape me into the adult I have become and for showing your heart to the world.
Fairfield native January 15, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Newtown, you're us, we're you. I am not from Monroe...but I feel exactly the same. Great quote and message of hope to our neighbors.
Liza K. March 30, 2013 at 12:42 PM
I am very proud of the people from Monroe. To step up and offer and empty school in the midst of major crisis and not worry about the cost is amazingly generous. I don't live in Monroe, but I work at a popular eatery in town, and our Monroe customers are the most wonderful people.

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