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BCPS Observes A Day of Service and Love on Friday, February 14 in Commemoration of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Tragedy

February 11, 2020

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has designated Friday, February 14, 2020, as A Day of Service and Love in commemoration of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) tragedy. It will be a day to give back to the community in honor of the 17 students and staff who were lost and those who were injured. At 10:17 a.m., the entire District will observe a moment of silence to honor and remember. The community is also invited to observe the moment of silence.

As part of A Day of Service and Love students and staff will take part in service projects and activities that serve others within their schools and communities. The activities are supported by hundreds of volunteers and partnerships with HandsOn Broward, the city of Parkland, the city of Coral Springs and the Interfaith Council.

The following information is provided to members of the media to help plan coverage on this day: 

At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School:

  • Media will not be permitted on the school’s campus.
  • Students and staff will join schools across the District to take part in service projects and activities.
  • Students and staff will honor area first responders at a breakfast on campus, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

This will be an emotional and difficult day for the MSD community. Please, be respectful and sensitive to the privacy of students, parents and staff as they arrive or depart school and at community events during the day. We also ask media to refrain from flying news helicopters or drones over or near the high school during school hours.

Media briefing: At approximately 9:30 a.m., BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie will be available for a media briefing at the media staging area (see below) after attending the first responders’ breakfast.

Media staging area: Media should plan to set up in the swale across the street from the school’s entrance gate. Pine Island Road, north of the Sawgrass Expressway overpass.

In addition, the following A Day of Service and Love projects and activities are available for media coverage:

MEDIA PLANNING TO COVER ANY OF THESE EVENTS MUST RSVP TO 754-321-2300 BY NOON THURSDAY.

Cypress Bay High School
18600 Vista Park Blvd., Weston, FL 33332
Time: 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Cypress Bay High School has partnered with Feeding Children Everywhere to pack 25,000 meals for local children in need. Students raised $5,000 for this project and will participate in one of four assembly line stations to pack meals. Students will also participate in a variety of kindness projects.

Tradewinds Elementary School
5400 Johnson Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073
Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Students will participate in decorating murals and heART projects with banners and posters showing messages of kindness and love. The mural and heART projects will be displayed prominently throughout the school and donated to children’s hospitals, shelters and assisted living facilities. Students are also collecting “Pennies for Puppies” to be donated to an animal shelter. 

North Lauderdale Pre-K – 8  
7500 Kimberly Blvd., North Lauderdale, FL 33068
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.

During a Garden Clean Up, students will harvest the fruits of their labor from produce grown in their school garden. The produce will then be packaged to take home. Students will host a brunch for first responders with special guests from the Broward Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement and Fire Rescue Departments.

Oakland Park Elementary School
936 N.E. 33rd St., Oakland Park, FL 33334
Time: 10 – 11 a.m.

Students and community volunteers will complete work on a cafeteria mural with the phrase, “Be the I in Kind.” During lunch, each student will be photographed and given the photo to place in the “I” on the mural. Students will work on a variety of kindness crafts, as well as decorate and paint rocks with a character trait that best describes their individual personalities. 

Miramar High School
3601 S.W. 89th Ave., Miramar, FL 33025
Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Students will participate in a peace rally, including performances and interactive activities presented by student organizations. Students will have the option to participate in breakout sessions that allow for creative expression and mindfulness, including dance, improvisation, arts and crafts, hip hop therapy, cooking, poetry/lyric writing, yoga, stress and relaxation, meditation and mindfulness, mental health awareness discussion, inspirational guest speakers, and others. Students will also complete a mural dedicated to the lives lost. 

Lake Forest Elementary School
3550 S.W. 48th Avenue, Pembroke Park, FL 33023
Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Internationally acclaimed opera singer Carla Canales will treat students to a special performance, followed by visits to the classrooms. The school’s herb garden will be transformed into a zen garden and a muralist will create a wildlife scene at the school’s main entrance with the help of students. Classes will rotate throughout the morning to participate in the Heart Walk – a 20-minute walk around the school’s track. 

 

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