Dear Lyons Community,
After completing our first week of school since the recent devastation in hard-hit Lyons, we want to express our profound gratitude for the massive outpouring of caring and support for our schools’ recovery.
Thanks to the people of the St. Vrain Valley, our students, many of whom remain in temporary housing, are back in school with teachers and friends and
moving forward with their lives. Their transition from tragedy to school could not have happened without the assistance of a deeply generous and caring community!
We also want to recognize the focused leadership of Superintendent Haddad, the highly supportive St. Vrain Valley Board of Education, and district employees at all levels who moved mountains to equip and open a school for more than seven hundred students in seven days! Throughout the entire crisis, these individuals did not waiver in their commitment to our students and to keeping our school community together.
As school principals for Lyons Elementary and Lyons Middle/Senior, we witnessed up close and personal the effects of this tragedy on our students and their families. Instinctively, we recognized the importance of reopening the schools as quickly as possible; getting students back to their teachers and classmates would help them face the widespread devastation and loss at home.
Thanks to this combined community effort, the first week of school at our temporary home in the Main Street Building in Longmont was an enormous success!
As with any disaster of this magnitude, our students will confront new and unforeseen challenges in the weeks and months ahead. But thanks to the speedy resumption of school life, and the supportive environment provided by our outstanding teachers and staff, our students have a renewed sense of hope and are better prepared to manage the challenges before them.
It is said that without adversity, we would never know what we are made of. Over the past two weeks, our students have faced a disaster of historic proportion and they have responded with courage and resilience. They have also learned that their school district and their friends and neighbors in the greater St. Vrain Valley have come up beside them, supporting them in their hour of need.
As principals, we have witnessed our remarkable students move from a place of fear and loss to one of hope and possibility.
Thank you again to the people of St. Vrain Valley. We shall not forget your caring and support throughout these difficult times. It is truly an honor to be part of this remarkable community.
Andrew Moore and Greg Winger
(Andrew Moore is the principal of Lyons Elementary School and Greg Winger is the principal of Lyons Middle/Senior High School in Lyons, Colorado. Both schools are part of the St. Vrain Valley School District.)