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December 21, 2012

A letter to the editor from School Board chairperson Jerry Taylor

Live Oak — From our readers,

On behalf of your school board and superintendent we wish to share this message with each of our teachers, administrators, custodians, transportation, food service and maintenance personnel. We believe, without a doubt, that had the Sandy Hook tragedy occurred in our school district, each of you would have displayed this same bravery. We are confident that the safety of those students entrusted to your care is your paramount concern. Indeed, we believe you all to be part of a very sacred team.

The following message is from Kathleen Oropeza, of  “Fund Education Now”

and is being shared with her permission.        

Without question, the gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut committed evil. Millions of prayers have been said by all of us. Who could do such a thing? What do we tell our own children, who thankfully came home from school on Friday, about an act so cruel?

Moms lost babies and babies lost their moms. The hearts of 26 families have been thrust into a forever pain no one deserves.

Yet bubbling up from this insanity and death is a kernel of grace. Training kicked in as teachers pulled children walking down the hall into class rooms, teachers read stories, prayed quietly and hugged their little ones close in tiny spaces. Teachers told their children over and over how

much they loved them just in case they were the last words young hearts would ever hear. Bravery is not on most job descriptions. Bravery cannot be tied to a test score. There’s no “effective bravery” training. Bravery wells up from the core of a person’s soul like a calling.

Please remember that. As we lift these 26 beautiful souls up in prayer, we must give thanks for the overwhelming bravery demonstrated by the teachers and administrators at Sandy Hook. Teachers are “all in” for our kids. In our hearts, we all know it.

If parents and teachers both believe they would sacrifice their lives for the children they love and teach, it means we are part of a very sacred team. In the months ahead, each of us must make this an indelible part of our understanding of what it means to be a teacher.

As we continue to pray for peace, understanding and ways to prevent another tragedy, please take the time to consider the teachers you know in this new light.

May the blessings of the season be yours.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Jerry Taylor

School Board-- District 1

taylorj@suwannee.k12.fl.us

386-362-4720--home

 

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