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Blumenthal to offer amendment in honor of Newtown victim

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal was surrounded by the family of Jesse Lewis, who was killed in the Sandy Hook tragedy. (WFSB) U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal was surrounded by the family of Jesse Lewis, who was killed in the Sandy Hook tragedy. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal is seeking to amend a federal education bill and set aside funding to train teachers in social and emotional learning.

The Democrat planned to introduce the amendment in Washington on Monday afternoon. It's called the Jesse Lewis Empowering Educators Act, named for 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, one of 20 first graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Scarlett Lewis created the foundation after her son's death. At a news conference in Hartford, Lewis said Jesse wrote the words nurturing, helping and love on her kitchen blackboard days before the mass shooting. Lewis said those words became the inspiration for the foundation, which is focused on programs and curriculum for children, teachers and parents that encourage peaceful and positive interactions.

Lewis was joined Monday by family and friends.

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