Coming Together After Boston Marathon Bombings


Like so many May employees who live and work near Boston, Justina Stickland, music teacher at the Randolph Center, wanted to offer her support to those affected by the Marathon bombings last month.

“I felt compelled to reach out to our neighbors and to our beloved Boston,” she said. “Many employees at the May Center for Child Development in Randolph had friends and family who participated in the Marathon.”

On “lockdown Friday,” when Boston and surrounding towns were virtually shut down as law enforcement officials searched for one of the bombing suspects, Justina put her creative talents to work and made a "Boston Strong" banner. Many of her colleagues stayed after work to sign it and offer sympathy, thoughts, and prayers for victims, as well as thanks to first responders and law enforcement personnel.

“It was a special way to bond together as staff and to support our neighboring city,” said Justina.

The banner was later added to the many items of remembrance placed at the Copley Square Memorial.