Saturday, September 7, 2013

Sandy Hook: A Parent’s Letter to Teachers

In the Sandy Hook tragedy, Nelba Marquez-Greene lost her six year old daughter. Nevertheless, this fall, she sent her surviving son back to the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Here is the letter she wrote to the Sandy Hook teachers.

Here are the closing paragraphs of that letter.

According to the 2011-12 National Survey of Children’s Health, nearly half of
America’s children will have suffered at least one childhood trauma before the age of 18. They need your love.

A few weeks before the shooting, Ana Grace and I shared a special morning.
Lunches were packed and clothes were picked out the night before, so we had
extra time to snuggle. And while I lay in bed with my beautiful caramel
princess, she sensed that I was distracted and asked, “What’s the matter, Mom?”
I remember saying to her, “Nothing, baby. It’s just work.” She looked at me for
a very long time with a thoughtful stare, then she told me, “Don’t let them suck
your fun circuits dry, Mom.”

As you begin this school year, remember Ana Grace. Walk with courage, with faith,
and with love. And don’t let them suck your fun circuits dry.



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