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Officials Announce New Website For Donations To Help Newtown Teachers

A man kneels at a memorial to the victims of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown - Dec. 21, 2012 (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

A man kneels at a memorial to the victims of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown – Dec. 21, 2012 (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - State education officials and a teachers’ union have announced a website for donations to help Newtown teachers in the aftermath of a grade school shooting rampage that killed 20 children and six educators.

Contributions received at DonorsChoose.org/Newtown will help Newtown teachers design and pay for classroom projects and materials. Promoters say projects could include books and shelves for a reading area, art supplies or seeds and soil for a memorial garden.

Organizers say the goal is for residents of Connecticut and elsewhere to offer holiday gifts to Newtown’s teachers and their students.

The Connecticut Department of Education, Newtown Public Schools and American Federation of Teachers and its Newtown local announced the website.

The parent organization, DonorsChoose.org, was founded in 2000 and has funded more than 328,000 projects in about 46,000 U.S. schools.

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