- "When I asked my son's teacher why she returned, she responded, 'Because they are my kids. And my students need me now more than ever.' She sent daily updates on my son's progress, from his behavior to what he'd eaten for lunch. And four months later, when my son finally smiled one day after school, I asked him about it. His response? 'Mom. My teacher is so funny. I had an epic day.'"
- "When you Google 'hero,' there should be a picture of a principal, a school lunch worker, a custodian, a reading specialist, a teacher, or a bus monitor. Real heroes don't wear capes. They work in America's schools."
- "Your courage will support students who are left out and overlooked, like the isolated young man who killed my daughter. At some point he was a young, impressionable student, often sitting all alone at school. You will have kids facing long odds for whom your smile, your encouraging word, and your willingness to go the extra mile will provide the comfort and security they need to try again tomorrow."
- "Every opportunity you have to create welcoming environments in our schools where parents and students feel connected counts."
To read the letter in its entirety, click here. We hope that Marquez-Greene and Ana Grace's message touched you as much as it did us. Have you changed the way that you parent in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy?
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