Students Plan Special Event

Forest Hill HS Gives Students Outlet to Express Themselves During #NeverAgain Movement
Posted on 04/01/2018
Students Plan Special Event Instead of Walkout

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - While thousands of students across Florida and the country planned walk outs Wednesday morning, some schools organized events on campus, giving the students an outlet to express themselves.

WPTV's Alanna Quillen was the only reporter allowed into Forest Hill High School, where teachers planned with students a meaningful way to pay tribute to the lives lost one month after the shooting.

They called the event, #WeSoarTogether. Forest Hill HS and Stoneman Douglas HS are sister schools with similar mascots: Falcons and eagles.

"Instead of walking out, we’re standing up for what we feel is important," said Jill Schwartz, a FHHS English teacher who helped coordinate the event with the students. “I love my students. I’m not only a teacher. I’m a supporter."

During the event, staff and students worked together to create 17 stations to represent the 17 victims, lost in the Stoneman Douglas shooting.

"This was all them. They wanted to be a leader," said Schwartz. "They want to put a stop to parkland and Columbine. They’re going to look back on this and say wow, I did something. And it meant something."

Each station armed students with a little something to express themselves, with each station representing a hashtag, to represent the current Generation Z.

The #LetUsBeHeard station featured a megaphone and a soapbox stand, allowing students to voice their feelings and frustrations.

"I feel more powerful than walking out," said Anneliese Abreu, who helped run the booth. "The fact that our principal is helping us out with this, it's such a great feeling."

There was a #PositivityZone featuring music and kind words, a #Love booth with face painting, a #StopBulling station where students could sign an anti-bullying pledge, and another area giving students the chance to draw out their feelings with chalk.

“I feel like my voice is being heard… and it’s obviously working because people are joining in with me," said freshman Megan Murphy. “Finally someone is listening."

Students could even register and pre-register to vote at the #RocktheVote station.