Hi everyone-- re-posting this from last week, in case it got missed over the long weekend!
Many members of our PS107 community have reached out about doing something in response to the school shooting in Uvalde, TX (and Buffalo just the week before). The Community Outreach Committee and parent volunteers have organized several actions starting this week and weekend - JUNE 3-5 - to coincide with National Wear Orange weekend to honor survivors of gun violence. All of these activities are voluntary and are in no way mandated by the school.
Here's an overview of the FOUR activities - we will send additional info and reminders/sign ups for each one! Please don't be annoyed by so many announcements from us, and participate where you can!
- STARTING NOW through June 15th: A letter writing campaign to elected officials asking them to keep our communities safe and thank you letters to healthcare workers. Similar to the collection of Valentine’s cards at school for elderly, these letters will be collected in boxes at the school. A Sample Letter and additional information will be sent out separately - stay tuned.
- Friday, June 3: Peace Walk to School. We will meet at 7:45am at the Lafayette statue on Prospect Park West at 9th St. and walk together to school. Wear orange and students/families can make peaceful signs to hold on the walk to school. This is a simple walk to stand together for safety in our communities. Once at school, expect the normal drop-off routine (i.e. have your Operoos, etc!).
- Saturday, June 4: Art Day. A special banner-making project dedicated to peace and school safety will take place at Art Day on Saturday, June 4. Volunteers needed - stay tuned for sign ups!
- Anytime June 3-5: Lemonade Stands/Bake Sales. Over the weekend, students in the community can host lemonade stands and bake sales to raise money for the Uvalde victims and gun violence prevention. We will pool the sales together and split the donations between Everytown for Gun Safety and a GoFundMe to directly help those affected in Uvalde.
More formal protests are being organized around the city and nationwide, and we encourage everyone to share information and participate as is appropriate for your own families. The NYC walk in solidarity with survivors will take place in Foley Square/over the Bklyn Bridge on Saturday, June 4.
Details, sign ups and reminders for each of these to follow!
-The Community Outreach Committee