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Leave a Message of Condolence for Newtown

As we all reel from the violence visited upon our Newtown neighbors, many are looking for ways to help. AFT Connecticut, which represents teachers in Newtown, has set up a web page where you can leave a message of support for students, staff, teachers, and the community. Leave your message here. We hope to have more suggestions for how to support the community in the days to come.

President Obama will visit Newtown for a private vigil with families tonight. The Hartford Courant has a list of vigils planned around the state.

Read about the heroic Newtown educators from the New York Times, The Examiner, and the Hartford Courant.

8 Comments
  1. Cynthia Minor #

    Thank you for setting up this site. As a Sandy Hook resident, and Monroe teacher, I will do whatever is in my power to help my community heal.

    December 16, 2012
    • Janice Grodzki #

      My sympathy and heart goes out to all. As a retired teacher, I would be willing to volunteer if needed in any effort to ease the pain of this community. I’m sure other retirees would be willing to, also.

      December 16, 2012
  2. Kate McNulty #

    CT teachers are grieving with you, and are proud of heroic efforts made by fellow teachers for their students. I am an elementary Music teacher, and I hope that I would be as protective and brave as Sandy Hook’s Music teacher. We all work hard to make schools a safe place for children, and I for one am furious this has happened.

    December 16, 2012
  3. amy cota #

    I cannot imagine what you are all going through right now. As a mother and grandmother my heart just cant seem to stop aching. Please know that I am sending you all lots of hugs and i know there is nothing any of us can say or do that could ease your pain. But know that arms across america and europe are holding you close and we are all here for you anyway we can be!

    December 16, 2012
  4. Janice Sanders #

    My thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims…..There are no words to ease your pain and loss. I know they are in the arms of Almighty God and through faith you will be reunited with them again one day. These words are the only words I can offer you at
    a time like this…..My sincere condolences are with you. Lean on the Lord to give you the strength to get through this unbearable tragedy. God Bless….

    December 17, 2012
  5. Mercedes & Don Ross #

    Our thoughts are with you in this sad time, and tears flow when we see the pictures of the little innocent children who never had a chance to grow into youth. Our prayers and love are with you. keep strong.

    December 18, 2012
  6. Elizabeth Warner #

    Words cannot begin to convey the heartache and profound sadness that has occupied my very existence since this terrible tragedy occurred. The loss of so many beautiful, innocent children and the educators who tried so valiantly to protect them is hard to comprehend, but they will never be forgotten. My deep and sincere condolences to the the families of the victims and the community of Newtown.

    December 18, 2012
  7. Lizz LIncoln #

    Dear colleagues,
    I am a teacher in Colorado – I live in close proximity to locations of 3 school shootings (Columbine HS, Platte Canyon HS, and Deer Creek MS). I became a teacher the year that the Columbine tragedy occured and remember starting my career wondering if this would be something I would have to get used to. Now, over a decade later, it seems that it is. It seemed that as a secondary teacher I was more vulnerable to such random and senseless acts of violence, but after last week I now know this is not the case – such tragedy can happen anywhere at any time. As the mother of 5 children, the youngest a 4th grader, I cannot express how horrified I am that even our youngest students are no longer safe from this type of threat. I grieve for you, and the whole world grieves with you, as you try to put your lives back together and move on somehow. Know that there are millions who send you strength to bring what sense of normalcy that you can to those who must go on with their lives. God speed and comfort you all in this dark and troubling time…may you be blessed with light and love to get you through the difficult times ahead. We will learn from your sorrow, and hopefully our society will find a way to keep this from ever happening again.

    December 20, 2012

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