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Newtown School Officials Plan Youth Activity Day As Town Reels From Massacre

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Balloons hang on a sign at the entrance to Sandy School on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut (Credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Schools in Newtown, Conn., were expected to be closed Monday in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but the town has organized an activity day for where area children can come together.

The town has tentatively organized an event for Monday at Newtown Youth Academy, at 4 Primrose St. in Newtown. The purpose is to “marshal our collective resources to help provide some small level of comfort and support to the children in our community,” according to school offiicals.

At the event, children can join their friends and classmates for “a number of fun, non-contact sporting activities” and open play, as well as board games and arts and crafts. Food and drinks donated from local restaurants and grocery stores will also be available.

The program will be available for students ranging from pre-kindergarten age through grade 12. The schedule is as follows:

9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Pre-K through Grade 2 activities
Noon-2:30 p.m.: Grades 3 & 4 activities
3 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Grades 5 & 6 activities
6 p.m.-8 p.m.: Grades 7 and 8 activities
8 p.m.-10 p.m.: High School student activities/basketball

Schools were expected to be closed Monday, but should that change in the coming hours, the schedule for the activity program will be adjusted, school officials said.

On Friday, gunman Adam Lanza, 20, opened fire on two classrooms at Sandy Hook, killing 20 children and six adults before taking his own life. He also shot and killed his mother before the attack.

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