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We wanted to write this letter to thank all of the people who stepped forward and helped our students cope with the tragic death of Jessie Peterson.

If “it takes a village to raise a child,” then we certainly needed a village to mourn the tragic death of one of our children. We are so proud of our students for the compassion they displayed throughout the week. From “cookies and hugs” in the fishbowl to just checking on each other, students were there for each other time and time again. The actions of our student body verified what we have always known: There is not kid like a Bromfield kid.

The faculty and staff at Bromfield were also outstanding. They consistently put the students’ needs above their own even when it was apparent how deeply they were affected by this tremendous loss. Students felt safe, secure, and loved at our school and that was so crucial in helping them deal with this unexpected loss. We are so grateful that we work with such kind and caring colleagues. We would be remiss if we did not thank both the superintendent and the School Committee for their help. Whether it was serving as a sounding board or helping supervise students, your help was invaluable.

Last but certainly not least, we need to thank both the parents and community members who donated their expertise, time and efforts. It was so helpful for not only students but also administrators, faculty and staff to be able to talk to familiar people who were so knowledgeable. When we opened Bromfield on Wednesday night, parents were also given the opportunity to talk to these experts and many people commented about the helpfulness of the evening.

While the tragedy of Jessie’s death will reverberate for a long time, each day brings an increased sense of normalcy. Students, faculty, and staff are working to honor Jessie’s memory by living as she lived with a positive and giving attitude.

With sincere appreciation,

JIM O’SHEA

Principal

SCOTT HOFFMAN

Asst. Principal