A special request from my student to the families of Newtown....

A student has one Christmas wish, to send a hug to the families of Newtown.

A special request from a student…..
by paleolithicromano
I am not sure how to do this, or even how to go about accomplishing this, but I feel the need to throw this out to the internet and see if it helps.

I am a science teacher at a private boarding school in Philadelphia where the student body comes from a single or no parent, low income background. They are not the type of students who have a lot.....and the holidays are a tough time for them. So at my school we have a "make a wish tree" where the students write their wish on a paper ornament and tape it to the tree. We get an assortment of requests from gift cards, to candy, to baseball gloves, to food, to hats, etc.

But this year we were really were touched when one of the students simply wrote "I wish I could give a hug to the families suffering in Newtown, CT.

Here we had a student who knew they could get a gift, but decided to use her wish to carry out a simple act of kindness.

I understand that the families have had enough media attention, and I am sure this request might be borderline inappropriate, but I couldn't live with myself if I at least didn't try.

So here is my thought (and anyone who knows me knows this is WAY out of my comfort zone), on Friday I will hug the student who made the request, this sunday I will drive to Newtown, CT and deliver that hug to any individual or individuals willing to accept it.

If you know me, you may be laughing, I am not a hugger, I rarely, if ever hug people, but there are times in life where we need to step out of our comfort zone, this is one of those times.

If you have anyway of making this happen, contact me, if you don't, please pass this along to someone who may, or at the very least, just share it.

I really, more than anything, want to make this student's Christmas wish come true.

Contact: paleoromano@gmail.com or leave a comment here.

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John Romano December 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM
So far this sounds like the best plan. I was concerned because I didn't want to intrude on the privacy of the town.
Old Saybrook Mel December 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM
You do not suffer alone. You must have heard Pat Kelsey, the basketball coach of Winthrop U, deliver his televised expression of pain, as a parent of two little girls. This parent of a first grade teacher in San Francisco similarly is sharing your suffering. All os us who have small children or children who teach them took a bullet to our souls in Newtown that day. The world may move on, but America has suffered a wound that may scar over, but will never heal. Never. The faces of your young chldren and heroic teachers and adminstrators - who will be eternally young in our minds - will always be in our hearts.
Fairfield native December 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM
John- drive safe in this rain today. Update us when you can.
John Romano December 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM
I will be driving up on Sunday, today is the last day I will see my student before break. I also don't want to intrude during services.
Mountie December 21, 2012 at 01:26 PM
John, as a teacher myself I am encouraged by the love and support our town has received over this past week. People like yourself have inspired me and our community. Please tell your student we are so thankful for her act of selfless giving.


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