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Sandy Hook Teacher Creates Nonprofit That Teaches Compassion & Kindness

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The unspeakable tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, shocked the nation and the world. Twenty students and six adults lost their lives when alleged gunman Adam Lanza opened fire at the school, forever changing the lives of those present that day, the families who lost loved ones, and the way America views gun control and gun violence in our nation's schools.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, many questions about mental health have arisen — questions on what the best course of action is to combat and prevent another tragedy like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Kaitlin Roig was one of the teachers present on the day of the Sand Hook tragedy, and she has decided to fight the violence with compassion. Roig started the nonprofit organization Classes 4 Classes, whose mission is to "inspire young people to spread kindness and caring to others and to live those universal values every day."

On its website, Classes 4 Classes says that it "provides students an opportunity to actively engage in social curriculum through projects that K-5 classes sponsor for other K-5 classes."

Roig joined us in person today to talk about what Classes 4 Classes is doing to shape the way students learn about compassion, kindness, and caring for others. It is her hope that the organization will teach children at an early age how to have compassion, empathy, love, and respect for their fellow classmates. Roig's ultimate goal is for the organization to teach a fundamental lesson: When someone gives to you, you give to others —pay it forward.

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