In a temporary home base this morning the elementary school staff meet. Gathered in the Roberts park building, teachers, paras, custodians, food service ladies, and admin gathered to figure out what comes next.
The most important question was answered -- we have a place for the kids to go on Monday. Through an awesome act of kindness and support, the local Girl Scout camp was made available to us. We will be holding Panther Camp (tentative name for now) for the elementary school kids with areas for each grade level and a special temporary library room, nurses station, and office.
As a staff we grieved this tragedy, but we also celebrated the community support and strength of our staff, as well as the concern our students have shown. There was much talk of how this is a great opportunity for us to grow and come together, demonstrating to the students that though you get knocked down, you get back up and face a new challenge head on.
One special education teacher said she had a motto in her room (which was later pointed out to be "borrowed" from a larger body). That motto is "Forward, Together". That is how we are taking this new challenge, together moving forward, doing the best for our kids.
Stay tuned for more updates!