The students, parents, and teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary School attended an open house today, Jan. 2, where they were given a tour of their new school. HollyBaby.com has all the EXCLUSIVE details inside the emotional reunion.
School officially begins tomorrow, Jan. 3, but Sandy Hook Elementary School families and teachers joined together at their new school location in nearby Monroe, Conn., where they shared tears of sorrow and tears of joy.
Sandy Hook Elementary School mom Karen Dryer tells HollyBaby.com exclusively, “It is an absolute miracle that we have a new school and another miracle that we have our old principal back. It has been such a blessing. The school that we moved into had been vacant and we got a call from the First Selectman who said, ‘We have an empty school for you!’ ”
Karen’s 5-year-old son Logan Dryer, who is in kindergarten, loved the new school and told his mom, “I love it. It looks like college.” The former Chalk Hill Middle School is larger than the old campus and has two floors.
Karen says, “The school is looking wonderful. The teachers are super strong and optimistic. The teachers are saints. The kids are so resilient. We could learn from them. My son is doing really, really well.”
“The school is only 8 miles away from Sandy Hook. Originally the teachers and students were going to be split up but the teachers came together and said ‘No, way! We need each other right now.’ The community understood this. From the first day we found out we had a new school, everyone started volunteering their time to fix up school. Since it was originally a middle school, the toilets had to be lowered, the sinks had to be lowered. Everyone in the community came together and helped.”
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“They managed to get the original art work from the cafeteria and bring it into the new cafeteria. They moved their beloved pet turtle that has been at Sandy Hook for years into the new library. It may not seem like a big deal, but for those kids to be able to walk into their new library and see their old librarian and Shelly, the school turtle, was just such a blessing,” said Karen.
“When I heard that Sandy Hook’s former principal Donna Page was coming out of retirement to return as the principle, I broke down in tears. It brought so much comfort to all the families and teachers. We didn’t know who could do this job. She called all the parents and re-introduced herself. Donna is going to lead the school forward. She retired about two years ago and just felt it was her calling to come back and support the families.”
The school’s former principal, Dawn Hochsprung, was among the first victims of the Dec. 14 shooting spree that left 20 children and six school staffers dead.
We are sending all of the families, students and teachers of Sandy Hook our warmest wishes for a joyful first day of school and all the days after. What do YOU think, HollyMoms? Aren’t these students, parents and teachers so courageous?
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