L.J. Alleman Middle School Students Have Perfect Response to School Walkout
There has been much discussion over the last several days regarding the upcoming National School Walkout.
On March 14th at 10am, for 17 minutes, students, school faculty and supporters around the world will walk out of their schools to honor those killed in the massacre at Parkland High School in Florida. The walkout is to protest gun violence.
Lafayette Parish School Board made the decision last night to cancel the walkout here. Instead, the board voted to allow a moment of silence at 10:00am on March 14. Students wishing to wear blue that day will be allowed to do so.
While the discussion to end gun violence is a hotly debated topic with many opposite and polarizing views being spewed by all sides, one Lafayette school teacher's students just may have the answer -- love and compassion.
We got a note from L.J. Alleman Middle School educator Crystal Lasseigne Fontenot on how she is dealing with the discussion with her kids, and what they came up with is just genius.
Her letter explains it all:
I just wanted to share something positive in all this (potential) chaos surrounding the walk-out, lockdowns, and the lives taken in Florida.
My 2nd hour class is a small class. This class usually lends itself well to group discussions. The class mentioned the walk-out, since it would take place during that particular hour. After some student-led discussions, the class remained undecided if they would participate or not, as they are waiting on more information, but one thing was unanimous among the students: they felt as if it wasn't enough.
The students made a class pact: they would complete 17 random acts of kindness between yesterday, and March 14th, the day of the walk-out. They encouraged each other to make the pledge, and approached me about making a form for them to sign up on.
I created a pledge form for the students to sign-up, to signify a promise to themselves to try their best to do 17 random acts of kindness ON CAMPUS. The students even asked for a spot to collect their stories anonymously. I created another form.
Word spread to my other classes today and they all started asking if they can participate.
I'm just super proud of these kids. One student said, "Mrs. Fontenot, if all of your students just in your classes participate, we can do almost 3000 RAK on this campus. I think this is the main way to solve our problems today."
And I couldn't agree more.
And that my friends, is how it's done. Personally, I think we all need to teach our children to love and respect one another.
Compassion goes a long way in life and we're grateful that this teacher and her students along with many other educators and children throughout Acadiana show the same care for one another.