As most of you have probably heard, last week a small town in Connecticut was devastated by a school shooting that killed 20 young children and six educators. As we continue to learn more about this tragedy, so many of us are angry and frustrated with violence that has plagued the United States and moved into our once-safe school environments. Just as powerful, though, are our feelings of awe and respect for the teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School who did everything they could to protect the children there from harm.
This incident has reminded me that teachers—no matter what country they work in and what resources they possess—have some of the most difficult jobs in the world. Not only are they responsible for the huge task of helping children to learn, but also for teaching morals, wiping children’s noses when they run, and protecting children under the most difficult circumstances. In addition to parents and families, teachers are the most important participants in ensuring the success of our work at Room to Read. They are a huge part of our overall success.
So in this holiday season, as we think about the people who matter most in our lives, I wanted to send a special thank you to the teachers around the world who work hard to protect, influence, educate and change lives.
My very best to you and your families during this holiday
Chief Program Officer
on behalf of the entire Room to Read Family