An Invitation to Help: Marquette College of Education Reaches Out to Sandy Hook

Our hope is that each of you are happy, healthy, and looking forward to spending a very joyous holiday in the company of friends and family. It’s a blessed time of the year, and it should be enjoyed.

However, it’s also a time to give back. 
As we reflect on the stories of heroic sacrifice on the part of teachers and the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, we can’t help but be moved.  And we can’t help but reflect on a quote from the infamous children’s television icon, Mr. Rogers, who said: 

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”—Mister Rogers

The fact is, an overwhelming number generous, kind-hearted College of Education students have stepped up and expressed the desire to be helpers. And we’d like to invite you to join them.

So, before you immerse yourselves fully in the shine of the holiday season, we’d like to urge you to read and, hopefully respond, to this message from one of our College of Education students.

Together we can make a difference for the survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.


My name is Jacqueline Boratyn.  I’m an undergraduate student (Secondary English) in Marquette University’s College of Education and was inspired by a recent effort of students at the University of Illinois to send a box filled with letters of support to the families and educators impacted during the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.  I want to coordinate a similar process from students in Marquette’s College of Education to the school in Newton, Connecticut.

If you would like to write an email of support, please send it to me at no later than Friday, January 4, 2013.  I will print the messages I receive and send them in a box to Sandy Hook Elementary School during the week of January 7th.

In this time of need for all of those impacted by the tragedy, our words can be one bit of encouragement and care for this community.

Thanks so much!

Jacqueline Boratyn

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