Teachers at every school in America think about what they would do for their students should something like the tragedy in Littleton, Bath, West Paducah, Winnetka, Newtown, or any of the countless towns in America that have suffered such an unthinkable loss. We practice drills for a vast number of emergencies and talk with each other about "what if" or "what could". There is no doubt in my mind that every adult at that school (and all schools around the country) was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the children in their charge, and 6 of them did just that. The safety of students is paramount to teachers. We love them all like they were our own family.
Last Friday has weighed heavy in all our hearts. Folks at my school felt particularly bereft because our building houses only Kindergarten and first grade. For the last 13 years I have worked with these youngest babes and can not adequately express the heartbreak I feel for the families and extreme pride I have for the bravery of my colleagues.
The teachers in my building wanted to do something to let our fellow teachers in Newtown know that they are in our thoughts and our prayers. A friend and I are each making 4 cards for folks to sign/leave messages tomorrow. I have an address to send notes of caring. I know many of you might want to express your thoughts of love to the teachers of Newtown. Please feel free to email me and I will pass along the information.
In the meantime, hug the ones you love and tell them "I love you".