Staff at the La Loche Community School have written a letter to their students, encouraging them to look to the future. This is the powerful letter, as seen on their Facebook Page.
"To the Students of LLCS Dene Building:
We’re still here.
The staff of the LLCS Dene Building is a lucky group of people. We spend our days helping the most precious parts of La Loche- our students- learn and grow. We get to see the strength, resilience, intelligence, and beauty of La Loche’s youth every day. Our dream is to see you achieve your dreams. And this time away from you- from our classrooms, from our school- is hard. We miss you. The events on Friday were painful and scary and they won’t be forgotten. Some people have expressed concern that some of us have left and the fact is, we are hurt and we are healing but we are still here. Some people need to leave to get help. We don’t judge or condemn anyone who needs to be somewhere else to pick up the pieces, but we are choosing to move forward together, as a family and a community. Families are formed by blood and by circumstance. We are the Dene building family. We are supporting each other so we can help support you. We will be back. We will rebuild. We will get better together.
So if you find yourself wondering where your teachers and school staff are, the answer is: we are in La Loche. Because truly, where else would we be?
Please note: some staff were not available for this photo because of the very busy and complicated nature of current events. They are represented in this photo in the love and respect we carry for them: Daniel Blanchard, Hristena Kiceva, Paige Mason, AJ Richardson, Graham MacDonald, Rachel McKenzie, Peter Power, Kathy Digney, David Underwood, Ralph Klyne, Martha Morin, Ida Lemaigre, Albertine Piche, Phyllis Longobardi, Norma Janvier, Christy Montgrand, Sherri, Dorothy, Virginia Beebe, Stephen King, Greg Hatch, Ira, Ross, Fabian, Alvin, Larry, Dianne."
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