Last week, the world was stunned by the horrific events at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, where 28 lives were taken by the senseless acts of violence by two troubled shooters. The deaths of innocent children are unfathomable and heartbreaking, especially during this holiday season.
Social media has been an amazing platform for sharing news and support through this tragedy. Today has been set aside as Thank a Teacher day, initiated and organized by blogger Julie M Pron. Many bloggers, social media participants, and various organizations have rallied together to show their support for the families of the victims, the students at the schools, and for the teachers.
Not only is Thank a Teacher day for the teachers employed at Sandy Hook Elementary, it is a chance for Americans to show their thanks for the teachers who have enriched their own lives. Teachers give their time, effort, hearts, and minds to help our own children to be safe, enriched, and loved.
On Twitter, the hashtag #ThankATeacher is being used to show support and thanks. @JennHethcoat shared a picture of colorful paper hearts all over the door at the teachers’ lounge at her local elementary school, one for each student in the school. Parents also brought in freshly-baked muffins for the teachers. She tweeted:
Writer Amiyrah Martin of the blog Four Hats and Frugal posted a heartfelt video on YouTube. She gives thanks to her high school English teacher who had faith in her as a writer. This teacher “helped her develop her love for literature, and showed her that anything was possible. And that to be a writer is one of the greatest things in the world.”
On a personal note, I’d like to give a special thanks to all the teachers I had, from preschool to college. I remember the times that I was given special attention and guidance, and was offered a listening ear. I remember developing a love for music, humanities, and the arts through teachers who had the same interests. I learned how to express myself through writing. I learned how to critically think and solve problems. I am the woman I am today through the inspired and educated leaders who taught me. And I am grateful.