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COLUMN: Honoring our Teachers in the Aftermath of a Tragedy
Start Date: 12/20/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 12/20/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
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By State Sen. Sue Glick (R-LaGrange)

There is a proverb that says, “A good teacher is like a candle. It consumes itself to light the way for others.” This selflessness is characteristic of many great educators who, through personal sacrifice and dedication, mold and shape a community, one child at a time. Our community is no exception.

This past week, a community, not unlike our own, faced a tragedy none should ever have to endure. The quiet town of Newtown, Conn., was shaken to the core after the senseless murder of 20 innocent children and six courageous adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

In the aftermath of this heartbreaking event, many questions are still unanswered. How could something like this happen to children so young and innocent? What could have been done to prevent this horrible tragedy? There are few soothing words for aching hearts, grieving families and homes with an empty seat at the dinner table, during what’s usually a joyful holiday season.

But in this moment, we take comfort in knowing how many lives were saved due to the bravery of Sandy Hook’s staff and faculty members. There are stories of teachers who hid their students in storage closets, reassuring them with words like, “The good guys are coming. You’re going to be okay. Show me your smile.” Despite the chaos and terror around them, they remained calm and fearless in the face of danger, risking their safety to protect others.

When we take our own children to school every day, we know they are in a caring environment and surrounded by educators who give so much of their time, energy and effort to see them succeed. The love teachers have for their students is evident in the way they continually encourage and support even the most difficult children, devoting extra time and resources to those who need them. The significance of this dedication cannot ­­be overstated.

Many of us can think of teachers who have profoundly impacted our own lives. Our country’s most outstanding leaders often attribute their success to lessons they learned from educators at different points in their schooling. In turn, those great leaders pass on that knowledge and wisdom to those who follow them. A teacher’s influence, therefore, is never ending.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims in the Sandy Hook tragedy and all those affected by it. We as a nation have grieved with Newtown, hugged our loved ones and honored those lost in our own ways. But it is my hope everyone will also take the time to thank a teacher and recognize the influence their dedication has had on our lives.

The world may not remember the exact name of a teacher who impacted a person, community or entire nation. But it will forever feel the effects of that impact.
Contact Information:
Name: Tracy Lytwyn
Phone: 317-234-9221
Entry Type:
Press Release
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    Senate Republican Caucus

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