In light of the tragedy in Newtown, CT I have been trying to figure out what is the best thing to do here on this site.
I don’t feel it’s appropriate to talk about security, gun laws, mental illness and media coverage here. We’ve done that in the past and it just doesn’t seem to do anything. Laws haven’t been changed, media will still speculate vs. stating facts, schools are already working so hard to protect our children and mental illness, well that’s a whole ‘nother animal.
If you wish to discuss these topics, I will direct you to our forums. That is a more appropriate place to have these conversations than can tend to get emotional or heated.
Instead of debating, questioning, posting links to donations, spreading political agenda’s, etc. We will be supporting the victims and families in a different way. By appreciating and thanking the teachers who protect our kids every day. We are partnering with many other bloggers and websites to help host Thank a Teacher day, tomorrow, December 17, 2012.
On Monday, December 17, 2012, take a moment and thank a teacher. Send her an email, a card, a bouquet of flowers. Create a “thank you” bulletin board. Offer to help from home. Make time to volunteer in the classroom.
Take a few minutes in your day and connect with your favorite teacher, or your child’s teacher. It’s simple; just tell him or her “thank you.”
There is so much more to being a teacher than just the curriculum. They are the ones on the front lines, to help protect your children and help shape them into the adults they will become.
Let’s all stop the 24/7 media coverage, signing petitions and sharing facebook photos of those slain, and do something immediate and positive. Thanking your child’s teachers.
If you have a blog or are in the media, please visit http://julieverse.com/thank-a-teacher-day-december-17-2012 for more information on how you can participate.