Andy Brosche, San Clemente
The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School has opened our eyes to a lot of issues built around protecting our precious youth. The loss of five heroic teachers who sacrificed their lives for those of their students will leave behind a legacy of bravery and heroism. During the four years I have been the Director of Operations at the Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area, I have had the privilege of meeting, interacting with and working besides some of the most amazing teachers in all of Orange County. I strongly believe that we walk beside these heroes every day, not truly appreciating the love and passion they have for our children. I know that if ever our children are in danger, whether it be a national disaster or any other, our teachers will all sacrifice themselves for the betterment of their students. I would like to tell them thank you. We appreciate you. It won’t take a devastating tragedy for me to reach out and tell you that. Whether it is teachers, administrators, youth development professionals or a Director of Operations at a Boys & Girls Club, you must know your children are safe and will always come first.