Even though I’ve been honoring Sandy Hook at the bottom of each post this week in an effort to bring awareness to their request for random acts of kindness as a tribute to those lost last year, I haven’t been able to write this blog post. The memories from that day are still all too real, even though I am far removed from Sandy Hook itself.
I think of how worried my own students were returning to school, and all of the questions they had after hearing about that tragic day. I think of how I looked into their little faces and told them I’d protect them, not knowing if I actually could.
I think of how our own school was grossly unprepared for a similar event and the changes we’ve made because of it since then.
I think of the teachers who bravely protected their students and calmly called 911 requesting help.
I think of the lost children and wonder what they would have become as adults… their gifts to the world that are lost.
I think of the school, the families, and the community that is now rebuilding, showing the hope after tragedy.
I think of our larger teacher community who is honoring their memory by sharing their request for random acts of kindness in tribute to those who aren’t here today.
I would encourage you to reach to others always, but especially right now. What can you do as an individual, as a family, and as a class?
Sandy Hook will not be forgotten.