Remembering the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Posted by Saint Rose of Lima Academy on Thursday, March 15, 2018
St. Rose of Lima Academy students in grades 6 through 8 participated in Wednesday’s National School Walkout Day.
In a letter home to parents and guardians, Principal Tina Underwood said:
“Saint Rose of Lima Academy believes that it is important for the schools in the Archdiocese to be part of the collective national voice on this day. We can use the energies and sentiments of our students, faculty, and parents to call for a greater national focus on school safety and the dignity of every human, and channel our efforts in a prayerful focused way and in line with the USCCB’s position on this issue.”
Students watched a two-minute video from Cardinal Joseph Tobin of the Archdiocese of Newark encouraging students to pray for a safe school environment. Rev. John McCrone led them in a 17-minute prayer service during which funeral bells tolled after the reading of each of the 17 individual names of the students and adults who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The event concluded with students releasing 17 white balloons and a student performance of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
Underwood expressed some concern about how parents would respond in the days leading up to the walkout but found her fears to be unwarranted. She has received messages from grateful parents, thanking her.
“The students found it to be an incredible experience,” Underwood said, “It made them feel that their voices are being heard!”
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Posted by Saint Rose of Lima Academy on Wednesday, March 14, 2018