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A little kindness

To the Editor:

As a District 47 board member, I have received many calls and emails from our community regarding recent tragic events in Connecticut. It is very comforting to know, as we all try to make sense of this heinous act of violence, that we live in such a close-knit, caring community.

I received one email from a community leader wanting to help our district “initiate change to protect our children.” My advice to anyone who wants to do something to protect the children in our community in the wake of this tragedy is to purchase, in honorarium, a gift, clothing or food, for a child or a family in need in our community. 

I noted in Wednesday’s newspaper that a local nonprofit that supports individuals and families in need is short of its fundraising goal. This is indicative of the current economic climate for most community-based nonprofits. Any number of local food pantries and community support agencies can use your help. And after you do, tell a friend what you are doing and why. 

As I think back to the “Rachel’s Challenge” assembly that we presented earlier this year, I recall the words of Rachel Scott, who was killed in the Columbine shooting. After her death, Rachel’s family found her diary. Rachel’s wish was for each person to “start a chain reaction of kindness.” In Rachel’s words, “People will never know how far a little kindness can go.” That is my suggestion  to anyone who wants to do “something” to protect our children.

Nancy Gonsiorek

Vice president, District 47 Board of Education, Crystal Lake

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