Re: March 14 – SLV Rally for Peace, #enough
Following the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 14, students across the country have been speaking out regarding school safety and violence on school campuses. The SLVHS students and staff have been working together to create a positive and productive way for students to acknowledge the tragedy in Parkland and to build awareness of school safety.
Together, the SLVHS student leadership and staff, will hold a “Rally for Peace,” that will recognize the students who have lost their lives to school violence. This seventeen-minute event will be adjacent to brunch and will be supervised by school staff. Optional lunch time activities will include: open music performances from students, the opportunity to register to vote for eighteen year olds, letter writing to Parkland students, and positive affirmation writing stations for notes to other SLVHS students and staff.
We recognize that some students may not want to participate in this “Rally for Peace.” Those students will have the option to attend a teacher-supervised study hall. It is our intention that all students feel safe and respected, no matter what they choose to do.
SLVMS students and staff will observe “17 Seconds of Silence for 17 Lives” as a way of showing respect for their fellow students. In addition, social studies teachers will discuss, in the coming weeks, ways that students can advocate their positions to government officials and make their voices heard, regardless of their beliefs. Staff and students will remain on the regular class schedule and in class.
SLVE and BCE will discuss school safety as appropriate to the age and grade of the students, but there will be no formal activities.
Building positive relationships with adults and other students, and creating inclusive, tolerant, respectful school learning environments is essential for all learners. Together we can make a positive difference and tell our community, and beyond that, “We are SLV,” and communicate that “Never Again,” should students lose friends and loved ones to violence at school. It is “enough.” “Not one more child.”
Thank you for your consideration and support of staff and students in SLV.
Dr. Laurie Bruton
A picture from SLVHS – 17 Minutes of Silence