Mayor John A. Harkins has proposed the renaming of Honeyspot Elementary School in memory of Victoria Soto, who lost her life protecting students at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month in Newtown.
According to a statement released by the mayor’s office, the measure requires approval from the Town Council, and is expected to be taken up at the council’s Jan. 14 meeting. The meeting will be held one month to the day after 20 students and six adults, including Soto, were massacred at the Newtown school where she was a teacher.
“In the days since the tragedy in Sandy Hook, the stories of bravery and heroism by Stratford’s own Victoria Soto have been both heart-wrenching and abundant,” Harkins said. “She gave her life protecting children, and we must make sure her sacrifice is never forgotten. Over the last couple of weeks, I have met with Victoria’s family and discussed how the town can recognize her in a meaningful and appropriate way. Her family has shown amazing strength and resilience in remembering and honoring Victoria’s life.
Ground is slated to be broken on a previously approved new school on the Honeyspot footprint this summer, and upon its completion, the name will be changed to honor Soto.