Since I have spent most of my career at an alternative school I have not been afforded the opportunity to lead many extra-currcular activities. For the last couple of years I have been honored to be part of the Sandy Hook Promise Club. It is a nonprofit organization led by family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook School on December 14, 2012. The club is focused on preventing all violence and victimization BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene and get help for individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others. I serve on this committee and as a safe-place for students when they feel alone or scared.
Below you will see a picture of different eyes. There is an old African word "Sawubona" which literally means 'I see you.' We adopted the word and took pictures of different eyes and had the students guess whose eyes belonged to who. It was a great exercise to get the kids talking and really looking at different people.
"You never know when you won’t get another opportunity to kiss that little cheek."
- Scarlett Lewis, who lost her 6-year-old son Jesse in the shooting
This club hits close to home for me and it is a passion, honor, and duty to carry on the legacy of Sandy Hook and other senseless school tragedies.