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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Prayers for Boston

Yesterday, a sad and tragic event occurred in Boston. It's hard to imagine what the people there are thinking and feeling at this time. I was still a youngster (7th grade) when September 11 happened, and I remember coming home from school being scared.

As a teacher I've been through fire drills, tornado drills, and safety drills for intruders. I know that these drills scare some of the younger kids, and maybe some older ones too. I'll admit, my heart beats a little faster during these drills as well. Some kiddos might be scared after seeing or hearing about the events of yesterday on TV. There's no doubt that teachers are reassuring their students today.

*I AM NO EXPERT IN CHILD PSYCHOLOGY, BUT AS A TEACHER HERE ARE SOME THINGS I WOULD SAY TO MY STUDENTS*

1. Tell them that the right people like policemen and government officials are doing their best to keep everyone safe.

2. Reassure them that they are safe.

3. Remind them that if they overhear anything suspicious in school that it is ok to tell a teacher or principal. 

*If they are shaken up, let them bring a favorite stuffed animal, blankie, or comfort item to school.

Lastly, make sure you hug your loved ones extra tight, and when you are saying your prayers, say an extra prayer for Boston and everyone involved in yesterday's events.

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