On Friday, April 20, Villa Maria students and staff participated in a “pray-out” to honor those lost to gun violence, especially at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and Columbine High School (19 years ago on Friday). The student-generated and student-led event began with an announcement and 17 chimes to represent the 17 students and staff who died at Stoneman Douglas.
Each grade level assembled in a different area of the campus for prayers. At the sound of another bell, all of the grades, along with faculty and staff, came together around the circle and the statue of Mary for a reading of the names of the victims and a prayer. Seventeen student representatives then placed orange flowers in a basket, one for each person lost.
After the pray-out, seniors received an email from Marcy Carini and Sam DiBona reminding them to register to vote by texting P2P to RTVOTE (788683). This text will send them an online voter’s registration from Rock the Vote.
Many members of the Villa Maria community also wore orange accessories on with their uniform on Friday, the color for gun violence prevention.