On Jan. 3, Sandy Hook classes were back in session. Just a couple of short weeks after tragedy struck the elementary school, children, teachers, and staff entered a new school in the town of Monroe, and they will all try to get back to normal. According to The New York Times, many people and volunteers contributed to making this transition easier.
"School officials said that by bringing the furniture, artwork and backpacks from the old school to the new school, they were trying to make the transition as seamless as possible," reported NYT. It won't be the easiest day for some of those who were terrorized when a gunman opened fire and killed almost 2 dozen people, more than half of them children.
Sandy Hook classes aren't going to be the same, but many hope that the children will feel safe inside the walls of their new school (which is being patrolled by police). Of course there are going to be quite a few heavy hearts today. There are quite a few people missing from the hallways and classrooms... like school principal, Dawn Hochsprung.
Along with the heartache and tears, however, comes hope and a sense of belonging. Thousands of people have sent their condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the Sandy Hook family. Many pray that these small acts will help get everyone through the remainder of the school year.
While Sandy Hook classes are in session today, it is still unknown if the old school will ever re-open.
© Effie Orfanides 2013