Sandy Hook teacher to speak at UConn
Kaitlin Roig, an alumna of the Neag School of Education and a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School, will speak at the Student Union Theater Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.
Roig graduated from Neag in 2006 and shortly afterwards accepted a teaching job at Sandy Hook Elementary. In a 2013 interview with Glamour magazine, Rog said she "jumped for joy" when she got the job at the school because for as long as she could remember, she wanted to teach.
During the 2012 tragedy, when a gunman killed 26 faculty and students inside the school, Roig protected her students by putting them in the classroom bathroom and barricading the door.
After the tragedy Roig started a charitable organization Classes4Classes. After the tragedy at Sandy Hook, the students were showered with gifts and Roig was inspired to start an organization where students could sponsor educational gifts for classrooms in need. After one classroom receives a gift they are expected the "pay it forward" by sending a gift to another classroom. Gifts can be as simple as art supplies and can be as large as funding for field trips and iPads.
The non-profit organization's "mission is to teach every child in our nation that our lives are not separate but rather completely connected, and that everyone has the power to take action and create positive change," according to its website.
The organization started with 28 classrooms and is now working nationally.
Roig will speak Wednesday evening about turning tragedy into positive change.
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