Student Voice Expressed while Honoring Stoneman Douglas Community

Student Voice Expressed while Honoring Stoneman Douglas Community
Posted on 03/15/2018
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photo of students signing posterAfter meeting with school administrators several weeks ago, students at Lakota East and West high schools worked to plan activities that would both honor the victims of the tragic school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School and also give students the opportunity to share their feelings on school safety with legislators.

Lakota East junior, Landon Meador, is grateful for the support of the school administrators and teachers throughout the planning process. “(They) continue to push, encourage and empower the student voice. Allowing me to have a voice within the district has molded me into a better and brighter student and citizen,” he of East students reading about those killed in Parkland

In lieu of a school wide walkout, students at both schools were able to participate in the activities on Main Street during their XH period on March 14. Stations were set up in remembrance of the victims, to show support to the Stoneman Douglas community and also to support the student voice. For example, students could choose to write letters to legislators to share their thoughts about school safety. Voter registration was also available.

“Our students participated in a very respectful tribute to the 17 people who passed in the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School,” said Lakota West principal, Elgin Card. At West, the names of the 17 victims were read by students over a 17 minute period of time. At East, a memorial wall with photographs and biographies of the victims was created. Both schools participated in moments of silence in remembrance of the 17 victims.

Lakota students at both schools were encouraged to sign banners that will be sent to Stoneman Douglas High School in a show of support.

Students at East held a bake sale to raise money to donate to the families of the victims. They were also challenged to do 17 things to make a difference over the next 17 days.

Lakota East principal, Suzanna Davis, said, “Students gathered to remember those lost at Stoneman Douglas, while showing support for the families and community. In addition, they took the opportunity to challenge each other to spread kindness as a way to support each other.”