How to Help Those in Need After Shooting in Newtown

12/18/2012 at 02:30 PM EST

Connecticut School Shooting: How to Help
Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Even as some sort of routine is being reestablished in Newtown, Conn., after the horrific events of Dec. 14, help for those directly involved is being offered from far and wide.

Counseling services are available through Friday, according to the Newtown Public School District website. Those in need can also call 211.

"We are grateful for all the prayers, thoughts and outpouring of support offered to our community during this difficult time," reads the school district's message.

Those wishing to offer financial donations can make them to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, which can be accessed here. (Checks also can be mailed to Sandy Hook School Support Fund, c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main St., Newtown, CT 06470.)

For now, the elementary school will remain closed, although students are due to return to class at the vacant Chalk Hill School, in nearby Monroe. "Welcome Sandy Hook Elementary," reads a sign across the street, according to news photos.

The family of Sandy Hook's beloved principal Dawn Hochsprung, who was killed Friday, is also organizing a scholarship fund in her honor to help a local high-school senior pursue a career in education, reports the community's Patch.

Hochsprung's daughter Erica Lafferty said the scholarship will be awarded to "a student who has a deep passion for inspiring the love and learning in children."

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