ORANGE, Conn. (WTNH) — After leading her class to safety at Sandy Hook elementary the day of the horrific shootings, Teri Alves went into labor.
“I was eight and half months pregnant with my second daughter. I never forget running from my classroom that day with my class and seeing the hallway lined with, to me it seemed like police and military. It just seemed like a quick response,” said Teri Alves. “I spent the night at the hospital with my husband and prayed I wouldn’t have a baby on that day.”
Doctors were able to delay the birth. But many, including Alves were left dealing with PTSD.
“Experiencing that, the turmoil that came after that, the grief, the anger the fear,” said Alves.
A new school has since been built in Newtown.
Alves also faced the decision to move forward.
“I latched on very quickly to that idea that I wasn’t going to let this event negatively affect me as a mom, as a teacher,” said Alves.
The life changing experience pushed Alves to follow her dreams to become an entrepreneur.
“People are placing orders from parts of the country I wouldn’t expect,” said Alves.
As a mom and a teacher she noticed a problem. Kids hate warm yogurt. She invented a way to fix it.
The Yogi wrap is a mini-sized iced pack that can fold out and wrap around kid-sized snacks.
Alves set up her own website, she has already sold hundreds, on her way to thousands.
“The whole point is to save on valuable lunchbox real estate,” said Alves.
So, from the darkest day. To following the bright light of passion.
“I think these things can be part of your path and can be part of your journey. I don’t know if any of this would have happened had I not been through something like this that propelled me into this direction,” said Alves.