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Waterbury Students Visit CEA, Sandy Hook Memorial

When CEA installed the Sandy Hook memorial created by sculptor Marilyn Parkinson Thrall in front of CEA Headquarters in Hartford last year, it was with the idea that members and their students could come visit and see the memorial in person.

Fifth-grade students from Hopeville Elementary School in Waterbury were recently at the Capitol for a field trip, and stopped by CEA Headquarters to do just that.

If you’re interested in bringing students to visit CEA and see the sculpture, contact Shannon Waxenberg at or 860-525-5641.

Memorial Honoring Children, Teachers Dedicated Outside CEA’s Offices

CEA leaders, members, and staff gathered on October 20 to dedicate a memorial to children and educators who have been victims of violence. The bronze sculpture, created by Marilyn Parkinson Thrall, memorializes the 26 young children and teachers who lost their lives on December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

“This monument serves as a tribute to those innocent children and their heroic teachers,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen. “It is a reminder that the radiance and beauty of their lives endures, and we hope it will be a place of comfort and reflection for students, educators, community members, and others.” Cohen called the memorial a place of serenity, solace, and peace.

The memorial—sculptures of a teacher reading to her young students—was installed outside CEA’s offices in Hartford and includes a seating area, memorial plaque, and plantings. Read more

CEA Unveils Sculpture Honoring Sandy Hook Victims

From left, sculptor Marilyn Thrall, Mary Pat Soucy, CEA President Sheila Cohen, CEA Vice President Jeff Leake.

From left, sculptor Marilyn Parkinson Thrall, administrative assistant to the CEA vice president Mary Pat Soucy, CEA President Sheila Cohen, and CEA Vice President Jeff Leake, stand beside the newly unveiled Sandy Hook memorial.

“It’s outstanding and emotional.” Those were the words of CEA Vice President Jeff Leake today as he formally accepted and displayed for the first time, a bronze sculpture from Connecticut artist Marilyn Parkinson Thrall, memorializing the heroism and sacrifice that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

During a brief ceremony on the first floor lobby at CEA headquarters in Hartford, Leake said the sculpture, which depicts a teacher reading to a group of young children, epitomizes the secure trusting environment in our public schools. “Marilyn did a terrific job with the sculpture. She passionately captured her vision to depict the simple joy of learning, the enthusiasm of sharing, and the innocence of youth,” he said.

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WDRC’s Brad Davis Supports CEA’s Sandy Hook Memorial Sculpture: It’s Emotional, Passionate, and a Tremendous Gift to the State

CEA Vice President Jeff Leake and Marilyn Parkinson Thrall, the artist creating the CEA Sandy Hook Memorial sculpture, were guests on the Brad Davis Talk of Connecticut Radio Show on WDRC this morning, discussing the latest on the memorial sculpture.

“It’s going to be a tremendous gift to the state, all of us, and the country,” Davis told his audience. “It’s going to be loved and cherished because it’s about children and teachers.”

Davis said he was touched and moved by photographs of the bronze sculpture that memorializes the heroism and sacrifice that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“It’s very emotional and passionate,” he told his listeners. He said he “just lost it,” when he first looked at the photograph of the sculpture that includes four life-size bronze figures—a teacher and three children—on a circle of stone, surrounded by a circular stone wall. Thrall says the design captures the innocence of youth and evokes a “trusting feeling.”

CEA’s Sandy Hook Memorial sculpture memorializes the heroism and sacrifice that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

CEA’s Sandy Hook Memorial sculpture memorializes the heroism and sacrifice that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

During the live interview at 9 a.m., Davis, whose mother was a teacher, encouraged his listeners to go to to see the photograph of the sculpture for themselves.  “If my reaction is any indication, it’s going to be very emotional,” he told his viewers.

Leake, who is president of the Connecticut Education Foundation, said, “We are pleased and honored to work with Marilyn and to create this lasting memorial to the teachers and children directly impacted by the tragedy, as well as teachers and children all over the state and across our country.”

Teachers in Connecticut and across the country have been very generous and supportive of the fund. Donations to CEA’s Sandy Hook Memorial and Scholarship Fund are still being accepted.

Donations can be made at, or checks payable to the Connecticut Education Foundation may be sent to

Connecticut Education Foundation
Sandy Hook Memorial & Scholarship Fund
Capitol Place, Suite 500
21 Oak Street
Hartford, CT  06106

Talks are under way regarding a permanent home for the memorial in Newtown or Hartford. CEA plans to unveil the sculpture before the first anniversary of the mass shooting at the school.

Click here to listen to the interview on WDRC Radio.