The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

January 16, 2013

The ‘good’ of local children, adults that doesn’t get attention

The media dwells so much on the bad in our society today primarily, because the bad sells newspapers and magazines, and everyone who has access to the Internet watches the bad on their PCs. The bad is most often the talk of the town.

Let me tell you about a surprising “good” thing that happened with no publicity whatsoever.

As a result of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., a small elementary school in Oak Hill decided to render compassion and love via small angel ornaments with the name of every child and teacher who died as a result of the shooting.

This “good” thing was led by a 4th grader and his teacher. The student came up with this idea of extending the school's love and compassion to the families of those children who lost their young lives at the hands of a monster. The teacher thought it was a terrific idea, so they approached the principal to get permission to proceed with this very touching project. They got permission and it didn’t take long for the entire school to pitch in, along with many parents.

The small wooden angel ornaments were donated by a local businessman, so the effort of love started, from the idea of an innocent and extremely compassionate 4th grader. In a day and a half, the ornaments were completed and ready to pack and ship overnight. The cost of this shipping was donated by another parent. Besides the work at school, this same student and his mother worked many hours at home preparing these small angels for their journey to Connecticut.

Thanks to every child, teacher and most of the parents and grandparents, a small measure of their love went out to these grieving parents, in the form of wooden angels.

No words can express our sorrow to those left grieving after that tragedy. I can say, however, I am left with much respect and admiration for all those children who attend Rosedale Elementary School. Principal Ted Dixon should be a very proud man. I can only speak for myself, as a grandparent of one of those children; I am so very proud of what those children have done. Maybe we should leave the healing of such wounds to the children. They seem to know what it takes to help the healing process.

 Loretta Cassidy-Munique

Oak Hill


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