By Mary Waggoner, Everett Public Schools Director of Communications.
Posters and virtual hearts are heading to Marysville.
After the shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School (MPHS), Jackson High School students coordinated with local high schools to generate unified support. The associated student body (ASB) officers contacted several high schools to suggest making posters for students and staff to sign and show their support.
On October 27, 2014, the ASB advisor from Marysville Pilchuck High School contacted WESCO high schools asking for posters similar to the ones many were already making. By the end of the day, more than twenty high schools in WESCO were making posters that all say they love MPHS (e.g. “JHS loves MPHS”).
The goal is to have 15,000 signatures and notes from students delivered to Marysville Pilchuck High School for students to see when they return to school on Monday, November 3rd. The number of schools involved is still growing.
In addition, a group of students at Jackson High School started a social media campaign personalizing support for the students at Marysville Pilchuck. The idea is simple: cut out a paper heart, write “MP” on it, take a picture of yourself or friends holding the heart, and then share it on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #MPinOurHearts.
This campaign started on Monday, October 27th. By the next day, there were over 500 posts using the hashtag. Several schools are planning to use this same idea to show support, in addition to simply using the hashtag in posts.