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February 13th, 2013

SUNY Sullivan students support Newtown, CT

SUNY Sullivan Professor Arlene Gordon and Dean of Student Development Services Sara Thompson Tweedy join Children’s Literature students, who took part in the “Kissing Hand Mitten Project”.

LOCH SHELDRAKE - The Spring Semester has kicked off at SUNY Sullivan, and it’s a time when many community building projects are underway. The beginning of classes is accompanied by the renewed activities of student groups, campus organizations, and classroom projects that reach outside the college. One such project has been undertaken by Professor Arlene Gordon and her Children’s Literature students, who are taking part in a creative and meaningful project to support the families of Newtown, CT.

The project, called "Kissing Hand Mitten Project," draws its name from a popular children’s book "The Kissing Hand", by Audrey Penn (Tanglewood Press). The story focuses on separation anxiety, particularly the kind felt by children heading off to school for the first time. In the book, the main character is comforted as he faces his anxiety by a kiss on the hand from his mother. Donors to the Mitten Project are asked to send pairs of mittens or gloves with a heart on one palm representative of this.

While studying "The Kissing Hand" as part of their course curriculum, Professor Gordon’s students have also applied their creative energy to fashion many pairs of gloves that will be packaged up and mailed to project organizers. Anyone wishing to join in and follow their can find the "Kissing Hand Mitten Project" on facebook, or may simply prepare their own gloves or mittens and mail them to The Kissing Hand Mitten Project, 93 East High Street, East Hampton, CT 06424.

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