The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 27, 2013

Warrior Run junior sells bracelets for Sandy Hook

By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item

— TURBOTVILLE — Something about the December tragedy in Newtown, Conn., struck a nerve with 17-year-old Sarah “Tilly” Grow.

“It really opened my eyes,” she said. “You can’t take every day for granted.”

The Warrior Run High School junior decided to channel those emotions into a campaign to raise money for mental health research and to let members of the Sandy Hook community know that they are not forgotten.

Grow is selling bracelets featuring the name of her campaign, “CONNect to cut out violence,” to raise money for the International Mental Health Research Organization. Grow came up with the name one night shortly after the tragedy occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The “CONN” is a nod to Conneticut, while “CONNect to cut” is meant to sound like “Conneticut,” Grow, of Watsontown, said.

Grow ordered 1,000 bracelets and has about 100 left, she said. The bracelets are green and white, the school colors of the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

She hopes to donate at least $1,000 to the International Mental Health Research Organization.

To get involved or donate, contact Grow at shbracelets@wrsd.org.