I just got a call from my younger brother, he told me that rockets were fired at his school in Sderot during the first school day of the year.
In normal situations school children have fire drills. In our crazy situation we have rocket attack drills where we have to take cover and/or run to the closest shelter. Even the outside playground for the younger kids is fortified against missile attacks.
The first day of school should be focused on catching up with friends, getting to know your teachers, and making sure you have all your textbooks and school supplies. It should not be about taking cover from missile attacks!
Fortunately, things are much better than when I graduated three years ago. The school has just moved into a new building which is fortified, and rocket proof. When an alert goes off the students do not have to dash off to the bomb shelter like I had to do, rather they stay in their classrooms and the lesson continues.
Joe, I am proud that Israel has invested so much in keeping its children safe. Yet I am sad that this whole fortified school building is necessary. Who in their right mind would fire missiles at school buildings?
Anyways Joe I don’t begin university until October, I will be studying biology at Tel Aviv University and am really excited! Of course I will miss my family in Sderot but I feel much better knowing that my younger siblings are studying in a safer school building. Let me know how university is going for you and stay in touch!
your Israeli friend Dalia
Further reading: Reinforced school protects kids from Gaza rockets