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2018-03-08 / Front Page

Lancaster, St. Mary’s to participate in national walkout

by AMY ROBB Editor

In response to the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, high school students throughout Western New York are planning a walkout on Wednesday, March 14, for 17 minutes, one minute for each of the people who died that day.

(See editorial on page four)

According to the Women’s March Youth EMPOWER, an affiliate of the Women’s March and organizer of the event, most schools will schedule the walkout for 10 a.m.

Lancaster Central School District told The Bee that students will be participating, but the student-run walkout will be closed to the public and no media will be present.

Cesar Marchioli, the high school’s principal, will be sending a letter to parents beforehand with details of the walkout, according to the district.

St. Mary’s High School will have students walk to Our Lady of Pompeii across the street at 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to Amy Kawa, marketing and communications coordinator for the school.

“We’re putting our own twist on it, but there will be something happening,” said Kawa.

“We have the dress rehearsal for the musical starting at 10:30, so we moved it to 9, to give everybody a chance to do it if they want to.”

Depew School District will participate in the walkout, but officials still need to iron out details for Wednesday, according to Superintendent Jeffrey Rabey.

Visit www.depewschools.org to view a general response to the Parkland shooting penned by Rabey in a letter dated Feb. 26.

Your Voice Your Vote NY, is calling on students, school administrators, teachers, parent-teacher associations and parents to facilitate and encourage voter registration the same day.

“I am very proud of our youth here in WNY and throughout the country who are ready to use their voices to fight for change. They have demonstrated a fierceness we haven’t seen in decades,” said YVYV founder Joan Elizabeth Seamans.

“It will be interesting to see how this new and energized voting block uses their passion to influence legislation.”

Seamans threw her hat in the ring as a contender for New York’s 27th Congressional District but withdrew from the race in February.

Some schools may set up registration tables while others might encourage online voter registration via https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/electronic-voter-registration-ap plication.

The goal is to register all eligible students who will be 18 years old on Election Day, Nov. 6.

Reporter Alan Rizzo contributed to this article.

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