On Monday, February 14, 2022, Broward County Public Schools will observe A Day of Service and Love in commemoration of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy. Students, staff and volunteers across the District will participate in a variety of volunteer and service projects in remembrance of the 17 students and staff lost and those injured on February 14, 2018.
A Day of Service and Love is an early release day that has been designated as a service-learning day with students, staff and volunteers coming together and supporting each other through community service activities at schools across the county. Projects will focus on the goal of reconnecting with peers, community, nature and self, and emphasizing positive and rewarding relationships, while raising awareness about important and meaningful causes.
In addition, on Monday, February 14 at 10:17 a.m., BCPS will observe a moment of reflection in honor of the 17 lives lost.
“Our District remains focused on ensuring the safety and well-being of our students and staff,” said BCPS Interim Superintendent
Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright. “I am humbled by the grace and courage of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community and the resilience of all our students and employees.”
A Day of Service and Love is a collaboration with BCPS community partners, including HandsOn Broward, City of Parkland, City of Coral Springs, Children’s Services Council, United Way of Broward County and Interfaith Council.
The following information is provided to members of the media to help plan coverage on Monday, February 14.
MEDIA COVERING ACTIVITIES AT SCHOOLS MUST RSVP AT BCPS.PIO@BROWARDSCHOOLS.COM.
Media will not be permitted on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School campus. This is an emotional and difficult time for the school community. Please, be respectful and sensitive to the privacy of students, parents and staff. Also, please refrain from flying news helicopters or drones over or near the high school during this time.
At 10:17 a.m., Interim Superintendent Cartwright joins students, teachers and staff at Riverside Elementary School to observe a moment of reflection, followed by media availability at approximately 10:30 a.m. (Media are invited to cover.)
On Monday, February 14, the following A Day of Service and Love projects and activities are also available for media coverage:
Lakeside Elementary School
900 N.W. 136th Avenue, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
Time: 8:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Students will participate in the beautification of a Peace Rock project in remembrance of a fellow student lost in a tragic accident and take part in Jump Rope for Heart.
Riverside Elementary School
11450 Riverside Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33071
Time: 10 – 11 a.m.
Students will participate in a campus beautification project and book bag drive. A local artist will draw murals on several buildings and provide students with opportunities to showcase their artistic creativity. Students will fill backpacks with several books of their choice to share with children for summer reading.
New River Middle School
3100 Riverland Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Time: 10 – 10:45 a.m.
Students will participate in writing and posting messages of kindness and words of encouragement on wishing well trees created by students and displayed on walls and doors throughout the school, rock painting and decorating, and a variety of other activities.
Pines Middle School
200 N.W. Douglas Road, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
Time: 10 – 11 a.m.
Students will honor local heroes from Pembroke Pines Police Department and Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue with special presentations and certificates of recognition. Special guests from the City of Pembroke Pines will also be in attendance.
Cypress Bay High School
18600 Vista Pak Blvd., Weston, FL 33322
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Students will participate in several ongoing projects and activities throughout the day, including mind body drills, yoga, Humane Society of Broward County project (making toys for animals) and making Pinwheels for Peace.
South Broward High School
1901 N. Federal Highway, Hollywood, FL 33020
Time: 8:30 – 9 a.m.
Students will share Grab-and-Go First Responders Gratitude Breakfast with invited guests from Hollywood Police Department and Hollywood Fire Rescue.
For more information about A Day of Service and Love, visit browardschools.com/serviceandlove.
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