Students at Greenhills School have chosen to support the National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools as part of our annual all-school day of service April 20.
Activities will include morning breakout sessions, led by students, discussing the political power of young people as seen in the #NeverAgain movement, followed by a rally featuring student speakers with a variety of viewpoints on the subject of guns. After the rally, students plan to walk outside to the school’s athletic track, where each student will hold up one of 581 color-coded placards with the names of mass shooting victims dating back to the 1960s. A different color for each decade will help illustrate the dramatic increase in mass shootings in recent years.
About 150 students have chosen to spend the afternoon on anti-gun violence activism. These students plan to march down Earhart Road near the school, then return to the school to make phone calls, write letters, and more. Other students plan to depart Greenhills for unrelated volunteer activities at schools, parks, and nursing homes around Washtenaw County.
In keeping with Greenhills’ educational philosophy, we support all our students — those who choose to participate in these student-led events, and those who don’t.
Greenhills, an independent, co-ed college preparatory school founded in 1968, introduces students to the Service Learning Program in the 6th Grade as part of our mission to help shape “responsible citizens … whose meaningful and balanced lives will better the world.” Students continue volunteer service throughout their careers.