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By Helen Silvis | The Skanner News
Published: 16 January 2014

Centennial High School announced today that Kaitlin Roig, a Sandy Hook elementary school teacher, will speak to the student body on February 21, 2014, as part of the school's Annual Unity Week Celebration.

On the morning of Dec. 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, first grade teacher Kaitlin Roig endured one of the worst tragedies the world has ever seen. Her heroic act is credited with saving the lives of all 15 of her students by acting quickly upon hearing the sounds of gunfire and locking them all in a small bathroom until the 'good guys' came to let her know that it was over and they were now safe to come out.

During Unity Week, Centennial High School chooses a theme to celebrate diversity and promote community building and unity in the district. This year CHS is focusing on the ethics of caring and highlighting the importance of caring for each other as an element of building unity and respect within the community, something Roig has exemplified. As an educator, she believes teaching a social curriculum to her students is important. She views it as equally important as teaching an academic curriculum. Roig has always felt that teaching children to interact and care for one another prepares them to be successful adolescents and adults.

In 2007 Kaitlin Roig began teaching first grade at Sandy Hook Elementary School where she has taught ever since. There she has served on the Math Committee, Language Arts Committee, Action Research Committee, and Social Committee. She also began Marathon Mondays, a running club for 3rd and 4th grade students

Unity week at Centennial High School begins with an all school assembly where students will examine how they can improve their community by improving themselves. Students will once again participate in the "Name Tag" activity by identifying one quality they appreciate about themselves and one attribute they feel needs to be improved. On Thursday, February 20th, CHS will host Multicultural Night highlighting the vast and diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds of the student body. CHS will end the week with the presentation from Kaitlin Roig.

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