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Connecticut events bring both gratitude, sadness | Letter to the Editor
As the horrendous news of Sandy Hook Elementary unfolded and tales of heroism and sacrifice were told, I took time to reflect on our teachers and administrators here on Vashon.
Having had children in the district for 15 years (with four-and-a-half remaining), I realized how often I take for granted the dedication of the people who spend enormous amounts of time with my kids. I have seen firsthand the compassion, patience and skill in which they have managed every issue large and small — from hurt feelings, struggles with math concepts, preparation for graduation and even, sadly, the loss of a fellow student or loved one. Although I try to acknowledge my support and appreciation as often as I can, this particular tragedy reminded me of the service our teachers are giving and the sacrifices they are willing to make for their students.
So, thank you, teachers, administrators and staff of Vashon Island School District. Thank you for guiding our children each day and helping to chaperone them safely into adulthood with care, competence and kindness.
— Sue Stinson