- Category: News
- Created: Wednesday, 01 July 2015 18:34
I am certain that I speak for the entire community when i offer our deepest condolences to the families who lost family members last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Quite honestly, I've struggled for days attempting to come up with some meaningful words that may convey the shock, the disbelief and the profound sense of sadness and grief most of us feel. But I cannot find words which are around that task. All I could say may be the town of Bethel stands with this neighbors because they grieve, as a residential area, as a people so when a nation.
In times of great crisis, the very first thing most people wish to accomplish is touch base and help their neighbors. I was contacted almost immediately by several Bethel restaurant owners who volunteered to supply meals for family suffering from the tragedy. Other Bethel residents immediately began organizing fund drives and collections. Our various youth groups, the senior high school NJROTC unit, scout troops and teen center volunteers lowered flags and began tying ribbons in remembrance of the Sandy Hook victims. Every day I observe more activities and much more people joining your time and effort to help at all they can. You can find way too many of one to name, but I thank every single one of you for several that you will be doing. Everything you do to greatly help our neighbors also strengthens our very own community a lot more. Each and every act of kindness matters.
In the wake of the terrible event, I'd especially prefer to take the time to reassure Bethel parents that each conceivable caution has been set up inside our own schools to ensure our kids are safe. Beginning last Friday when news started to spread, our school officials and police department worked together to supply police presence inside our school buildings, patrol the institution campus and review safety procedures with all workers. These steps will stay set up for the near future. Furthermore, police, school and town officials will meet on the holiday break to examine and update safety procedures. I'd like our community to learn that we can do everything humanly possible to insure your kids are safe in school every day.
Time will eventually ease the feelings of shock and horror which have engulfed practically every waking minute since the other day. But we should not, and can remember the names and faces of the innocent victims. President Obama said it best when he said we have been an improved people than this; we are able to demonstrate this each day through acts of kindness which will make our community and our nation stronger.