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Mt. Morris reaches out to Newtown CT. with memorial plaque

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Big or small,  communities across the world have reached out to Newtown, Connecticut in the wake of a devastating school shooting. Now Mt. Morris follows suit.

Nine years ago, Mt. Morris' David L. Rahn Elementary School caught fire, with all of it's students still inside.

While everyone got out safely, community member Chris Corcoran says he instantly felt a connection to Newtown after the Sandy Hook shooting. "It actually took me back to that. How lucky and how fortunate we were that we didn't have any tragedies come out of that fire. and the wonderful thing is we're a small community here, but we all pull together. not only that, the whole country did. they sent us stuff, they sent us school supplies, they were there for us, we'll we really wanna do the same in return."

A little more than a month after the tragic shooting, Corcoran wants to put his feelings into action. "But I wanna help in a way that would be permanent, not just things like teddy bears and trinkets and that. I wanna have something more significant so people get a firm grasp of what really happened, what took place," says Corcoran.  

His wish is to send Newtown a memorial plaque inscribed with the names of all 26 shooting victims. "It's letting people know that we do care and that we will remember and always will remember and we will miss these children and the teachers that done so well with these children."

With the help of the Mt. Morris Moose Family Center, Corcoran's memorial may soon become a reality. Together, they're hosting a benefit, complete with dinner, live music and a silent auction to pay for the plaque.

"It just shows what kind of country we are, we do care," says Corcoran.  

Corcoran adds, sending the plaque is also a way for members of his community cope with the Sandy Hook tragedy.  He hopes it help them feel they are doing something to make things a little better in Newtown.

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