On Wednesday, March 14, our high school students chose to have a balloon release to honor and remember the lives of those tragically lost in the Parkland school shooting last month.
Sophomore Clare Tracy gave a heartwarming and motivational speech to her peers, spreading a message of love and urging students to make changes in their lives to make everyone feel loved and included.
“It is time for us to stand up as future leaders of the world to advocate for changes that protect every person in this country no matter who they are, where they’re from, or where they go to school,” Tracy said. “I challenge you to talk to the lonely kid at lunch, to be kind to someone who’s had an awful day, and try to make Union Academy a better place.”
Every minute for 17 minutes, the students released one orange balloon with the name of a victim and said a few words about his or her life. They also released balloons of assorted colors symbolizing the uniqueness and importance of the lives that were taken that day in Parkland.
We are proud of our students for showing compassion and advocating for school safety. We know they will make incredible world leaders when their journeys at UA comes to an end.