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The Sandy Ground Project honors Sandy Hook

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Stamford, CT | Added on May 02, 2014 At 04:41 PM

All hands on deck at Stamford's West Beach as volunteers work together to build a playground remembering Jesse Lewis.  

The Sandy Ground Where Angels Play foundation is building 26 playgrounds in areas hit hard by hurricane sandy to honor each life lost in the Sandy Hook School tragedy.

"This is a very personal, very special thing for the family to allow us to attach this little hero, soldier's name to this playground," said Bill Lavin, founder of the Sandy Ground Project.  

Jesse is the first grader who bravely saved at least 6 of his classmates by telling them to run when the shooter's gun jammed.

His mother Scarlett, shares a message Jesse wrote before that day.  

"Jesse left a message on our kitchen chalkboard shortly before he died and he wrote nurturing, healing, love," said Scarlett Lewis.  

And as she sees what's going on around her, her son's words reign.  

"Nurturing means love and kindness, healing means forgiveness, and compassion means love in action," said Lewis, "And that is exactly what this is.  This is love in action."

This is the project's 20th playground in a city where 20 schools raised over 21,000 dollars for the build.  Stamford's fire department also helping with the project.

"We're grateful to them for letting us do something for the community in honor of their son," said Stamford firefighter Bryan Munger.  

The playground is scheduled to open Sunday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.  

If you'd like to contribute to this project, the fire department is hosting a fundraising concert Saturday at Tiernan's Bar from 3 to 7 p.m. 

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