DANBURY— A dedicated group of teachers and support staff at Rogers Park Middle School, in conjunction with the Danbury Public schools, are hosting a very special 5K Walk/Run in honor of Sandy Hook educators and families. The event will feature 26 “Inspiration Stations” that will showcase messages of healing and hope for all participants.
“The City of Danbury is honored to welcome organizers and participants for this event; and we are proud to see our residents, students, and teachers come together in memory of Sandy Hook. Our city has close ties to our neighbors in Newtown, and we hope that this event offers an opportunity for additional healing,” said Mayor Mark Boughton.
In addition to remembering all of those who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in nearby Newtown the Spring Forward For Sandy Hook event holds extra special meaning for the Danbury community. Dawn Hochsprung, who heroically lost her life in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, was a vice principal at Rogers Park Middle School for several years during her career as an educator. Her husband, George, recently retired from Rogers Park Middle School after a 40-year career as a teacher in the Danbury Public Schools.
Lauren Rousseau, who also lost her life at Sandy Hook Elementary School, completed her student teaching at the former Roberts Avenue Elementary School in Danbury. She subbed in several Danbury Schools and had recently started subbing in Newtown shortly before the tragedy at Sandy Hook.
Danbury school students and PTO members will create 26 memorable Inspiration Stations that celebrate the spirit of healing, while keeping in mind the lives lost in Sandy Hook, for participants to view along the route.
For more information see www.springforward4sandyhook.com or contact the City Line at 203-744-4311.
The event will also raise money for the Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Memorial Fund and the Lauren Rousseau Scholarship Fund.