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Wisdom From a Sandy Hook Parent: 'Real Heroes Don’t Wear Capes. They Work in America’s Schools'

Liz Dwyer

America's kids are heading back to school, but Nelba Marquez-Greene's 6-year-old daughter Ana Grace, who was killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, will never have another first day of class. Nelba penned this incredibly touching letter honoring the educators who saved lives at Sandy Hook, and their colleagues across the nation. "When you Google 'hero,' there should be a picture of a principal, a school lunch worker, a custodian, a reading specialist, a teacher, or a bus monitor."

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    It's amazing to see teachers get back to serving their students after this heartbreaking event. I would hope that people are offering those working in the school as much support as they do to their kids. Whether it's done through weekly grief meetings, or maybe parent-teacher dinners, the community can band together to help one another.

  • Stef McDonald

    Such a beautiful message—and reality check. Anyone who has complained about having a bad day at work (I'm guilty) should read this for some perspective and to hear the wise words of her daughter: "Don’t let them suck your fun circuits dry."