In less than three weeks after the tragic Connecticut school shooting, Sandy Hook is reborn. Chalk Hill Middle School has been renamed Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Connecticut school shooting’s surviving Sandy Hook children are returning to their new “Sandy Hook” school on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, according to a Jan. 2, 2013, Philly report.
The new and reborn “Sandy Hook” school is located in the neighboring town of Monroe, Conn. The original name of the building, Chalk Hill Middle School, has been renamed Sandy Hook Elementary School.
After the Connecticut school shooting tragedy, the surviving Sandy Hook Elementary School staff members decided that the most appropriate name for the building should be Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Following the Connecticut school shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, the surviving Sandy Hook Elementary School staff found it impossible to return to the scene of so much tragedy and pain where 20 children and 6 other staff members had lost their lives.
Since the Connecticut school shooting, the former Sandy Hook Elementary School had been closed and work started immediately in preparing the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Monroe.
The announcement of the rebirth of the name “Sandy Hook Elementary School “ comes just one day before Sandy Hook’s surviving students and staff members are returning to their classes.
Reflecting the rebirth of the name “Sandy Hook Elementary School” is Sandy Hook’s new principal who is actually the former retired Sandy Hook principal.
According to Newtown’s Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson who announced on Wednesday that the former Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe would be renamed Sandy Hook Elementary School, Sandy Hook’s surviving staff members said that “That's who they are. They're the Sandy Hook family."
An open house was held for the Connecticut school shooting survivors on Wednesday.
The new Sandy Hook Elementary School is outfitted not only with the familiar items from the old Sandy Hook Elementary School but also with advanced new security measures.
According to Newtown officials, the old Sandy Hook Elementary School building will remain closed until a decision can be made about the building’s future.
The new reborn Sandy Hook Elementary School is only about 7 miles away from the former Sandy Hook Elementary School building.
After the tragic Connecticut school shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, Sandy Hook’s surviving students and staff members are being welcomed to a transformed and cheerful place at their new Sandy Hook Elementary School.
In addition to the outside preparation for Thursday, mental health counselors will continue to be available for the surviving children and adults of the Connecticut school shooting.
The new Sandy Hook Elementary School does not only contain all of the familiar items from the old Sandy Hook Elementary School but it also has a lot of welcoming adjustments, decorations including snowflakes on the windows, and welcoming wishes from all over the world.
“Teams of workers, many of them volunteers, prepared the Chalk Hill school with fresh paint and new furniture and even raised bathroom floors so the smaller elementary school students can reach the toilets. The students' desks, backpacks and other belongings that were left behind following the shooting were taken to the new school to make them feel at home.”
After the tragic Connecticut school shooting and a three week absence from school, Sandy Hook’s surviving children, staff members, and parents are looking forward to getting back to a normal routine.
Most importantly, for Sandy Hook’s surviving children and adults returning back to a school that has symbolically been reborn and renamed Sandy Hook Elementary School is a sign that in the end it is love and compassion that will triumph over insanity and hate.