ATLANTA -- A sign in Newtown, Connecticut reads, "Hug A Teacher Today."
It's a simple sentiment that everyone can get behind.
Hugging a teacher today, just three days after the horrific shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn., is a way to honor the educator victims at Sandy Hook Elementary who bravely gave their lives protecting children.
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Among them, Vicki Soto, a teacher who not only hid some of the children in closets before the shooter came into her room, but used herself as a shield to protect the children.
It's also a way to recognize how educators - everywhere, everyday - devote their lives to our children.
Sunday morning at North Metro Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, the pastor, Dr. Frank Cox, asked all the teachers in the congregation to come to the altar. Once they had assembled, the congregation joined hands around them and across the aisles to pray for them.
"I wish our country really understood the importance of teachers and education. Teachers really should be paid more and respected more by the community," said Peter Ent on the 11Alive Facebook page.