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Hartwick College will toll its Yager bell 26 times in memory of the teachers, students and administrators who lost their lives at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Hartwick’s Bell Tower to Toll 26 Times to Honor Sandy Hook Elementary Victims

December 20, 2012

In a message to Hartwick community members today, President Margaret L. Drugovich announced that tomorrow, Friday, December 21, 2012, Hartwick College will toll its Yager bell 26 times in memory of the teachers, students and administrators who lost their lives at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

"The loss of life at the Sandy Hook Elementary School is so shocking, so tragic, that it is difficult to know the best way to support the individual families who lost loved ones, the people of Newtown, and the people of the surrounding communities who are mourning their losses this week," said Drugovich. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them and with each of Hartwick's current students, alumni and friends who have been impacted by these deaths."

Drugovich continued on to state that "As educators, and as students, we are connected to those administrators, teachers and students who lost their lives as they went about what they believed would be another day of learning. The incident reminds us that every student is an individual that deserves to be understood and celebrated for their unique qualities, that every teacher is courageous for wanting, above all, to embrace these differences and help each student to develop and realize her dream, and that every administrator plays an important role in assuring the well-being of a learning community. I am proud to know that Hartwick prepares the teachers, administrators, and parents who will help future generations of Sandy Hook students become living tributes to our commitment to strong and safe communities.

In the past few days I, along with many Presidents of other colleges, have signed letters to Congress urging a review of our national approach to policies that effect the availability of assault weapons, our awareness and outreach to individuals who suffer with mental illness, and the supports we provide as a nation to shield our children from violence. I encourage you, as a caring member of a caring community, to consider what action you might take to make your views on these important matters known to our national policy makers.

In closing, earlier this week I learned that Connecticut's Governor Dannel P. Malloy would declare Friday, December 21, 2012 a "Day of Mourning" in the State of Connecticut.  As such, he has asked for a statewide moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, and he has urged entities within Connecticut to toll bells for the 26 victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook.  As a sign of sympathy for and solidarity with these citizens, and as a sign that we stand for a society free of violence, on Friday morning Hartwick will toll its Yager bell 26 times in memory of the teachers, students and administrators who lost their lives at the Sandy Hook school."

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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