When I was in the third grade, I was on the student council. I went to Catholic school and the student council went all the way to eighth grade.The supervisor teacher was Miss Merlino, the fourth grade teacher. I remember talking to the kids in fourth grade and asking what her new name was going to be once she was married, but it was supposed to be a secret. The following year, I had Mrs. Engel as my fourth grade teacher. Then, we found out she was going to have a baby. When I was in fifth grade, she went on maternity leave. I remember her telling us that she loved the name Olivia. In the years following, even just until a few months ago, I always saw her at the book sales in Newtown, Danbury, Ridgefield, New Fairfield… and she was always in the children’s section. Olivia had the greatest smile and loved her brother.
Please remember the children, the adults, and their families. Everyone.