I found out about the Sandy Hook shooting today while on my lunch break. Going into the cafeteria to pick up my class always means being inundated with hugs from my former students, big smiles and "I missed you!" from my first graders -- I felt extra thankful for all the love they give me today.
We have a "high needs" population at our inner city school so I spend a lot of time reinforcing to my kids that my classroom is a safe place. How can they believe me any more? How can I say that without feeling my words are empty?
Peace and love to all the teachers, students, and families affected by this tragedy.
P.S. I found some comfort from Mister Rogers today. A Rotta Love Plus is a rescue organization and their website can be found here.