On Wednesday, March 14, the young women in our Upper and Middle School participated in a student-led service of remembrance for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The students walked out of classes at 9:50 AM and assembled in the Cor Unum Theater at Stuart. The service began with a prayer, and beginning at 10:00 AM students observed 17 minutes of silence, one for each victim, and a photo with the name and age of each victim was projected on a large screen during this time. Students were given other options if they did not wish to participate.
The very moving service was organized and led by Middle and Upper School student government leaders at Stuart. To close the service, the following prayer was read by senior Kate McLaughlin, executive president. It was adapted from a prayer for gun violence from www.socialjusticeresourcecenter.org.
I ask you to receive into your loving care the souls of those who were killed,
to care for those who were wounded or hurt in any way,
to console the family members and friends of those who died or were wounded,
to strengthen the hands of the rescue workers, medical professionals and caregivers.
Help me see in these emotions your own desire for change.
Help me see in these feelings your moving me to act.
Help me see in these reactions your pushing me to do something.
Turn my sadness into compassion.
Turn my tiredness into advocacy.
Turn my paralysis into the freedom to act.
Help me to be compassionate, to advocate, and to act.