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Stamford, CT | Added on May 04, 2014 At 03:59 PM

Hundreds coming together at Stamford's West Beach to remember Jesse Lewis.

"Playground number 20 in honor of the beautiful life of Jesse Lewis," said Bill Lavin, founder of the Sandy Ground project.  

The sun shining down on family members, friends and the Stamford community.    In just 48 hours dozens of volunteers built the playground.  The Sandy Ground Where Angels Play Foundation is building 26 total in areas hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy to remembering each life lost in the Sandy Hook school tragedy.

Jesse's playground showcases his favorite colors and his own words.  The 6 year-old leaving a message on his family's kitchen chalkboard, is displayed at the park.

"He wrote: nurturing healing love," said Scarlett Lewis, "Those words were phonetically spelled because of course little Jesse was in first grade and just learning how to write."

Those words also written at the base of the park's flagpole.  There in cement, Jesse's favorite toys: rubber ducklings and a toy soldier.

On Dec 14 2012, Jesse bravely yelled for his classmates to run to safety when the shooter's gun jammed.  

"Jesse was a real soldier.  He confronted evil," said U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal.  "He stood up to it.  His courage is a model for all of us."

His mother Scarlett says Jesse left his older brother J.T. another message, "J.T. found this message written on a little piece of paper that Jesse left on his desk shortly before he died."  

"The note said, 'Have a lot of fun.'"

Now the playground is place for children to do just that: have a lot of fun.

Visit for more information about the project and ways to help.  

Visit to found out more about the Jesse Lewis Choose Love foundation.  


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