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Students craft legacy event for school safety

March 22, 2018
The Town Crier

At 9:30 a.m. on March 14, Boardman High School students participated in an event that was unique to Boardman. The high school Student Dialogue Committee, along with administrators, teachers, and staff, created what they hope will be a legacy event much like the YES Fest, an annual event, borne out of tragedy that will be motivational as well as call students to action.

The event included a student-produced video, an emergency lockdown drill where 17 chimes were sounded in honor of the 17 killed in Florida, then a Spartan Clap Out for first responders to thank them. More than 40 Boardman police, fire and paramedics were honored in the clap out, and students thanked them as they walked by.

Voter registration tables were also busy during lunch on Wednesday. Board of Elections Secretary Raymond Butler said he was stunned by the number of kids who approached him with questions. More than 90 registered to vote that day.

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Boardman students and staff hold a clap out for Boardman first responders as part of the high school Unity Event.

"This was one of the most meaningful, inspiring events I think we've ever had at Boardman High School," said Principal Cindy Fernback. "Accolades should be directed to the Student Dialogue Committee, who not only crafted the event, but more importantly showed true leadership in creating student buy-in for a unified effort that respects the school district's safety policies."

Principal Fernback also thanked Boardman's first responders. "I think without the responders being so involved and showing up in the large number that they did, we could not have possibly had such a great impact on the students as I know we had today. The expressions on our students' faces as the canine unit lead the way through the halls is something I will never forget."



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