PARKLAND (CBSMiami) – On February 14, 2018, no one in South Florida will ever forget this day. This is the day when 17 students and teachers were killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre. This Thursday marks a year later.
The commemoration of February 14, although dark and emotional, is designated A day of service and love at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and all schools in the Broward County Public Schools District, to honor the 17 lost people and recognize the physically injured and emotionally affected by the tragedy that took place there a year ago.
On Thursday at MSD, students and staff will participate in beginner service learning at 7:40 am and fire at 11:40 am. Students and staff will also honor first responders from the region at a small event. -Breakfast on campus.
All other public schools in Broward County will operate during regular hours.
However, the whole district will observe a moment of silence at 10:17.
Schools are also encouraged to participate in A day of service and love and involve students in school-based activities that serve others in their schools or local communities.
Here is a list of some of these activities.
Hollywood High School
5400 Stirling Road., Hollywood, FL 33021
Time: 8:30 – 10:30
6200 SW 16th Street, Plantation, FL 33317
Time: 10 – 11 hours
Fort Lauderdale High School
1600 NE 4th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
Time: 10h10 – 13h
Montessori seaside village
2230 Lincoln Street, Hollywood, FL 33020
Time: 8:45 – 9:10
Sunrise Middle School
1750 NE 14th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Time: 12:15 – 13:00
Wilton Manors Elementary School
2401 NE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
Time: 8:45 – 9:15
Broward County Public Schools are also sponsoring a community service activity. Pine Trails Park at Parkland.
Starting at 12:30, students and staff will assemble lunch kits for Feed my hungry kidswho will distribute them to malnourished children all over the world.
The City of Parkland will hold an interfaith ceremony for the community at 5:45 pm at Pine Trails Park on February 14th. The service will last 30 minutes. The park will be open all day and offers dogs and therapy counselors.
The city is asking the public to bring canned food to support the service efforts.
"I want to remind everyone that they are sensitive to the needs of Stoneman Douglas families," said Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky.
In Coral Springs, a team is completing the work of the Temple of Life, a temporary wooden structure 15 meters high, where anyone affected by the tragedy can pause and reflect. The structure will be completely destroyed in mid-May.
"It should be a place to suffer and allow it to go up in smoke," said creator David Best.
For more details, click here visit the MSD commemoration page on the Parkland website.