Students and staff members across the district wore orange on Friday, June 7 in honor of Gun Safety and Violence Awareness Month. In collaboration with the Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition (CCPYDC), students and staff were able to sign a pledge to show that they are making an effort to reduce the impact of gun violence in Cumberland County, along with wearing the color orange to support the cause.
Wear Orange Day was initiated when Hadiya Pendleton, a fifteen-year-old from Chicago, was shot and killed, just one week after performing at President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade. After her death, her friends wore the color Orange in her honor. Since then, Orange has been the defining color of the gun violence prevention movement. Each year, social media lights up with the color Orange, not only to honor Hadiya, but to fight back and raise awareness about gun violence.
Click the following link for photos from Vineland High School, Sgt. Dominick Pilla Middle School, and Durand Elementary School: http://bit.ly/2IaIdDv