Nueva students walkout in severance of the Valentine's Day attack #MarchForOurLivesOn Wednesday, March 14, students and faculty across all three divisions gathered to express solidarity with the victims and survivors of the recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida.

Throughout the day in the Lower School, students and teachers focused on the change individuals and groups can make in their lives, community, environment, and world.

Through special Choice activities, performances, and messages from our young changemakers, lower school students and teachers took the opportunity to lift each other up and celebrate the power of civic engagement.

11 Walk Out DSC01154 copyAt 10:00 am, participating middle school students and faculty gathered in the GCC for a 17-minute assembly — one minute for each student killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Before returning to class, students lit candles and viewed the moving speech Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez delivered just days after the tragedy.

At the Upper School, hundreds of students joined over one million student activists across the country as they left school and participated in a 17-minute silent, contemplative walkout through the neighboring Bay Meadows Park. Student representatives printed and distributed literature and buttons in support of gun control. A banner full of messages of support and appreciation was signed and will be delivered to Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.12 Walk Out IMG 0506

The activism of our students came the day after Head of School Diane Rosenberg joined with over one hundred other heads of independent schools in signing a letter (published as a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle) calling for bipartisan support for legislation that will ensure the safety of our students.

The following Ten-Minute Walk provides a snapshot of events that happened concurrently on both campuses of the Nueva School on March 14. Through the voices of Nueva students and leaders, and photos from throughout the day, a picture emerges of a community rooted in empathy, poised for civic engagement, and ready to stand in solidarity around ensuring the safety of young learners throughout the country.

 By Jim Morrison, VLP Director and Dianne Willoughby, Editorial Manager

March 21, 2018



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