Most of the time we are running to do something, whether it’s to get to work, home, shopping, a report, etc. We all lead hectic lives and we teach our children to do the same. Last week, for one child in our Staten Island School of Civic Leadership School Program, this hustle and bustle lifestyle caused her to run for a bus on her way home from school and a truck hit her. This unfortunate accident resulted in her losing her life.
Upon reflection, there wasn't much any one of us could have done as she was hurrying to get home and begin her summer. She never looked to see oncoming traffic and just ran across the street. This incident makes me wonder about all the rushing around we do, never thinking, never stopping to just take a breath and look.
We give our deepest condolences to the family of Aniya Williams, the school, to her fellow students and teachers/administrators at the Staten Island School of Civic Leadership as well as our NYCID team working at SISCL. If there is any way in which you feel we could help, please let me know.
And most of all, if there is a lesson to be learned, I urge you all to take a moment to just pause and remember to breath, remember to watch, remember that nothing is more important than our lives and the lives of others.
Dominick J. Brancato
New York Center for Interpersonal Development