Those seats belonged to third-grader Martin Richard, who was killed in the attacks, and his sister Jane, a first-grader who was severely injured. Their mother, Denise, also injured in the blasts, works as a librarian at the school.
“It’s critically important to get back to the routine,” said headmaster Kevin Andrews. Still, he acknowledged, “it’s a trying time for all of us. It’s obvious. Emotions ranged.”
And so the school day began with the task of returning to teaching and learning while acknowledging the absences.