Penn Yan and Dundee Schools will be recognizing the March 14 student walk-out that has been organized after the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Penn Yan Superintendent of Schools Howard Dennis explained the plans for Penn Yan Academy and Middle School in a recent email:

“Penn Yan Academy Student Council members worked closely with advisors and administration to plan a safe and supervised walk out for students and staff, that pays respect and remembrance to the victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Any/all students that choose to participate in a respectful manner will be supported by administration and without the fear of consequences.”

He says students who want to participate will walk to the gymnasium in solidarity at 9:50 a.m. There, 14 PYA students and three PYA staff members will read the name of each victim, place a flower on a table and the Penn Yan Academy bell will ring one time for each name being remembered. A moment of silence will follow and the Penn Yan Academy chorus will sing a song accompanied by the PYA band. Staff and students are encouraged to wear orange as a symbol of the national movement and our way of honoring the victims.

Kaitlin Zeno, a member of the senior class, will provide opening remarks and Principal David Pullen will address the students and staff with closing comments. Students who do not wish to participate will have the option of sitting respectfully in the Penn Yan Academy Cafeteria.

Penn Yan Middle School Student Council members will observe a moment of silence in memory of all victims of school shootings. Middle School students have been invited to attend the next Student Council meeting to express concerns and/or ideas related to school safety

Dundee

Dundee Superintendent Kelly Houck says administrators met with students from grades 7-12 to discuss their thoughts and opinions on how to demonstrate support for the Parkland Students.

As a result, students are honoring the 17 victims by initiating 17 acts of kindness.

Houck explains, “This will be accomplished by hosting several different theme days over this week. This will involve reaching out to someone new, eating lunch with someone different saying hello to someone new, etc. Additionally, we are discussing other efforts that we can take part in locally to honor the victims through these acts of kindness.”

Survivors of the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas School in Parkland, Fla. have called for a national student walk-out on the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 17.