Monday, December 9, 2013
Remembering with kindness
Our country has encountered very heart breaking losses and devastations through out our recent history. We mourn for those lost on 9/11. We carry the memory of the Boston bombing. We celebrate those at Virginia Tech. This Saturday, we will remember and celebrate the lives of those lost at Sandy Hook Elementary.
As a teacher, I would protect my students. They are entrusted to me by their parents. I do the same with my own children to their teachers. I remember teaching last year on December the 14th as the news began to roll in about the atrocities committed in Connecticut. My heart hurt for those families and for the community of Sandy Hook. It made us all aware of so many things that we have to be more aware of in this time. These are things that teachers in past generations didn't have to contend with or worry about.
I still remember coming together as a staff, as an educational community, as an outreaching support for those around us. Parents were scared it could happen at other schools... our school mainly. Our county went into action as information came out about what could be done better.
But this week isn't about worry, it's about remembering. The mayor of Sandy Hook, First Selectman Pat Llorda, has asked that we remember and celebrate the lives that were lost by completing Random Acts of Kindness in their memory on the 1 year anniversary- Saturday, December 14th.
As educators, we remember and honor our fallen colleagues and their students from Sandy Hook School. We honor them each day in our classrooms in which we continue their dream of teaching our children. We honor their memory with our service. Join with teachers everywhere in committing random acts of kindness to show our love for Sandy Hook.