NOTE: The following text is Superintendent Dr. Nicolas Wade's March 14 letter to the District 401 community. To download a PDF copy of the letter, please click here. Photo of the Elm walkout courtesy of school staff. Scroll down or click here for more photos.
To Students, Staff, Parents and Community Stakeholders,
Today at 10 a.m., there was a nationwide walkout to memorialize those lost due to the horrific events that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School weeks ago and to voice concerns over gun laws and school safety. The walkout lasted 17 minutes, one minute for each victim of Stoneman Douglas.
Students at both Elm Middle School and Elmwood Park High School coordinated the walkout and activities to occur within the 17-minute window. The administration of each building, in conjunction with the Elmwood Park and River Grove Police Departments, provided supervision to ensure their safety during this time. The other buildings, due to their grade levels, participated in activities that ranged from a moment of silence to how to help and treat one another with respect and civility.
The District believes in providing students the opportunity to voice their opinions and for all to consistently engage in healthy dialogue about school safety and variables that could potentially impair such efforts.
Should you have questions or concerns, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-583-5831.
Dr. Nicolas Wade
Superintendent of Schools
Photos from the Middle School Walkout
NOTE: The following photos were taken at Elm Middle School on March 14. The first photo shows a student planning session prior to the walkout. Elm photos are courtesy of Ms. Eileen McNichols, Dr. Kathleen Porreca and Ms. Rebecca Siegel. Click any image for a larger view.
Photos from the High School Walkout
NOTE: The following photos were taken at EPHS from 10 to 10:17 a.m. Wednesday, March 14. All photos are by Dave Porreca, D401 web/media specialist. Click any image for a larger view.
Photos from ECC Learning Activities
NOTE: The following photos were taken March 14 as ECC students engaged in learning activities related to the themes of the National School Walkout. ECC photos courtesy of school staff.