Iberville Elementary School dedicates Christmas tree to Sandy Hook tragedy

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Iberville kindergarten students, one from each of the six classes in the school, who helped decorate the tree and also performed in the program are from left, Iberville Elementary Assistant Principal Kelli Barbee, students Xavier Thomas, Anisa Robertson, A'Nia Lawrence; Evan Tullier, Jennifer McGinnis, Ori'Anna Dupuy, and Principal Delores Thibodeaux. 
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The students, faculty and parents at Iberville Elementary School attended their annual Christmas Program on December 19 with a special dedication to the 26 individuals who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Included in the program was a poem by Dan Bryl entitled Holidays in Heaven as well as a special dedication to them on their entrance 25-foot Christmas tree.

A photo and the names of those who died were created as ornaments and placed on the Christmas tree.

The special star-shaped ornaments with the name and photos honored the following Connecticut students and teachers: Jesse Lewis, 6; Daniel Barden, 7; Olivia Engel, 6; Anna Marquez Greene, 6: Catherine Hubbard, 6; Jessica Rekos, 6; Emilie Parker, 6; Noah Pozner, 6; Grace McDonnell, 7; Charlotte Bacon, 6, Josephine Gay, 7, Caroline Previdi, 6; Chase Kowalski, 7; Dylan Hockley, 6; Jack Pinto, 6; Avielle Richman, 6; Benjamin Wheeler, 6; Allison N. Wyatt, 6; Madeleine Hsu, 6, James Mattioli, 6; Anne Marie Murphy, 52; Dawn Hochsprung 47; Lauren Rousseau, 30; Mary Sherlach, 56; Rachel D'Avino, 29 and Vicki Soto, 27.

This poem was recited and included in the Christmas program:

Holidays in Heaven

By: Dan Bryl

The Holiday Season is just not the same,

A smile is missing when saying one name.

For parents who've lost a daughter or son,

Nothing can bring back the delightful fun,

Of watching them talk, laugh, or just run.

The memories are all that they do have now,

Families will go on...only God knows how.

A New Year comes as midnight arrives,

The Angels will still be a big part of their lives.

If only they could trade the presents they receive,

For one more day with those whom they grieve!

But nothing can bring back their beloved child,

The one that laughed, cried, and often smiled.

They are together in a much better place,

Watching us cry...touching our face!

Although they will be missed on Holidays to share,

Be assured their loving presence fills the air,

At home, in church, at New York's Times Square!

So celebrating the Holidays are now hard to do,

But always remember they are thinking of you too,

Wishing mom and dad happiness and showing their love,

Not on this Earth, but from Heaven above!