School dedicated to Sandy Hook victim opens next week - WFSB 3 Connecticut

School dedicated to Sandy Hook victim opens next week

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STRATFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Class will soon be in session at a school dedicated to an educator who lost her life in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Friday at the Victoria Soto School in Stratford.

The school replaces the Honeyspot school.

Soto, who was a teacher at the Newtown school, was a Stratford native. The new school reflects who she was, according to the Stratford Board of Education.

She was killed along with 25 other educators and students during the shooting in Dec. 2012.

On Friday morning at the ceremony, her sister Jillian Soto asked for a moment of silence for two journalists killed this week in Virginia. She described them as two people shot and killed doing a job they loved, which is the exact same thing that happened to her sister.

The tributes and personal touches were everywhere through the sparkling new school.

"I think she's up there right now in heaven, looking down with all her angels saying wow, its so beautiful," said Victoria's father Carlos Soto. "I know when the teachers sit there, they'll be reminded of Vicki, how she was a teacher and loved what she did."

Carlos Soto said his daughter would love the building that has her name, from a mural with her motto "Be kind," to her love of flamingos, symbolized by a single pink chair in each classroom.

Victoria Soto was a first grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It was her first job and her younger sister Jillian said she absolutely adored it.

"That was Vicki's love, Sandy Hook. Now this school is the same way. Its in her hometown, its by her house. We always get to come by and see it and be a part of this journey," Jillian Soto said.

The building will house 280 pre-kindergarten through second grade students. It will open on Sept. 3.

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