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Marching for Their Lives

Student protesters in Washington, DC.

On March 14, P.S. 29 joined thousands of schools coast to coast in marking the tragic killings of students in Parkland, Florida with a range of activities, memorials and protests.  At 29, the entire school filled the schoolyard with solemn, yet inspirational song. The next week, numerous P.S. 29 students and alums joined hundreds of thousands of their peers in an enormous march in Washington, DC and related actions in hundreds of  cities and towns across the country demanding action on gun violence. (Read sixth-grader and 29 Post alum Amelia Poor’s account of the day here.)

March for Our Lives

On March 24, 2018 my parents and I went to the March for Our Lives in Washington, DC. We decided to travel to DC instead of join the New York City march because we felt there would be more people, we wanted to support the student organizers from Parkland, FL and felt it was important to be where the gun laws are going to be changed.

I wanted to help my generation tell adults to protect us in our schools. We shouldn’t die instead of learning.   The crowd was insane. There were people absolutely everywhere. I couldn’t believe how many people were willing to go to DC to fight for what we need. There were also thousands of signs. My favorites were; “NRA, sashay away!”, “Arms are for hugging” and “Our only worry in school should be tests!”

The student speakers were so strong and brave. Emma Gonzalez stood silent behind the microphone and made my mom cry. When she told me the silence was for her dead classmates I cried too. I also saw a bunch of volunteers registering people to vote.

I would participate in this again and again. Being there made me feel powerful and I feel like I made a difference. Just one person being there counts. I wanted to count.
Alexandra Rennie
P.S. 29, Class of 2017

I went to Manhattan on March 24 to participate in the March For Our Lives.  I made a sign in the morning that read, “Dodging Bullets Should Not be a School Activity.” This is the true reality we live in today. When I first heard about the Parkland Shooting, I thought that could have been me. This is why I marched for stricter gun laws to prohibit assault weapons and for better background check systems in all states.

At the March I saw people from different backgrounds and cultures all holding signs. Some signs talked about the NRA, ending its financial control of politicians, and some signs were humorous, like, “You ban Kinder Eggs.” This wasn’t the first time I walked for gun control, on March 14 I participated in the National Student Walk Out, at 10am we stood for seventeen minutes for the seventeen lives lost in Parkland Shooting. It was more of a funeral than a March.

In the end, the March really showed that this was not the end, it’s only beginning. And young adults and kids are the most powerful weapons in this fight.
Fletcher Steinberg
P.S. 29, Class of 2017


National School Walk-Out 

On Wednesday, March 14, joining a national call to action, everyone in P.S. 29 walked out to the schoolyard promptly at 10:00am to sing “Agents of Change”, a song celebrating engagement that the third grade chorus sings every year. We walked out for 17 minutes.

The idea behind the singalong is to bring out the importance of change in our country and to protest unfair acts. “It’s a singalong to ensure that everyone is kind,” said Ryan Geisler, a P.S. 29 fifth-grader. “I thought it was amazing. It brought our community together,” says fifth-grader, Bea Benson.

It was really special. For one, it is rare that the entire school is ever in the yard at the same time. Also, there is a big difference between what different grades discuss in class, so it is especially rare that everyone is thinking about the same issue. All the little kids gathered with the older kids and sang songs together for probably the only time in their elementary school lives. “I feel proud that we were doing something and I hope that it was effective.” says Aila Debira. Walking out helped our community come together and helped us learn to help other communities that needed everyone to walkout. We also learned that together we all made a change by just being there. “I’m very proud of our school” concluded fifth-grader Nia Lawrence.
Dalia Mullins (5-506)

Today I participated in a national school walkout. Some schools sang songs (we sang Agents of Change at P.S. 29), while others made signs to protest peacefully or loudly. It lasted 17 minutes to honor the tragic deaths of 17 people in the Parkland school shooting. The purpose of the walkout was to a send the message to lawmakers that guns should be banned from schools and should be harder to buy. Schools all over America and in some other countries walked out because students everywhere think that it is important to send this message — when everyone stands together it is more powerful. I wish that guns would be banned from this world and we can all just stay safe!
Murray McCormack Gray (4-509)

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