If this week is any indication of the change that our students are going to make in the world, we do indeed have a bright and noble future. I realize that this is just the beginning of our healing and that there will be good days and bad days ahead, but our students continue to amaze me with their compassion, energy, hope, and determination.
This break is a good thing. We will send out more information on activities and supports that will be available during the week. If you have any questions or concerns (or just need to share), you can always contact me [email: firstname.lastname@example.org, twitter: @charlesdumais]. I, too, am going to try to take a break, but I will be close by.
Please reach out to somebody this week. Take the opportunity to make a new friend. Check on your neighbor. Call a colleague. Do something that makes you feel good about yourself. Do something that makes somebody else feel good about themself. By focusing on the strengths that you see in yourself and in others, you will find that there is a healthy way to deal with tragedy that involves growth, connection, and responsibility to others.
I may take a day or two off from writing. That does not mean I will not be thinking about you. I most certainly will. Why don’t you write to me? Describe your vision of a bright and noble future. I would love to read it (and it might help you to write it).
Our collective strength and resilience will serve as an example to the rest of the world. Be strong, Newtown.