STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Two and a half years after the deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, one of the victims is being remembered by having a school named after her.
Victoria Soto was a teacher at Sandy Hook, and she gave her life trying to protect herstudents on that horrific day in December of 2012.
The Victoria Soto School will have its grand opening Friday, then an open house Friday afternoon. It is a beautiful building, named named after a beautiful young woman, and it is dedicated to continuing the mission to which Vicki Soto dedicated her life; quality education for young children.
Victoria Soto was one of 26 people killed by a crazed gunman in Sandy Hook Elementary School almost three years ago. She died trying to protect her students from the bullets. She grew up in Stratford, attended Stratford schools, and her family still lives in town. It seemed only natural to name a school after her, especially once the former schools chief from Newtown became the Superintendent here in Stratford.
The school has all the latest security, including bulletproof glass, and a buzzer system to only let in authorized guests. What the students are going to see is the latest technology in every classroom.
The building features a big mosaic mural; the tiles for which were designed by the Soto family. Many of them depict flamingoes, Vicki’s favorite animal.
Anybody who has attended the annual Vicki Soto 5K run knows about the flamingoes, as many people in the race run in flamingo costumes. The next run is coming up this November 7th, and they are looking for runners and sponsors.
November 7th is just days after what would have been Vicki’s 30th birthday.