Foothill High School sophomores gathered together over the weekend to make posters and T-shirts to help spread awareness about gun control issues, along with raising $2,600 to support victims of the Parkland, Fla. high school shooting, in which 17 people were killed.
They plan to use the posters and shirts during National School Walkout Day next Wednesday, when Foothill and Amador Valley high-schoolers will join others around the Tri-Valley (and the country) in a 17-minute walkout at 10 a.m. to peacefully protest gun violence in the U.S.
"On March 14th, we walk out of class for 17 minutes, one minute for every life lost in Parkland one month prior, but we also protest for the 400 deaths due to the 200 school shootings since Sandy Hook in 2012," Amador students leading the local event wrote in a statement.
A march and rally against gun violence will also be held this Friday in San Ramon from 4-7 p.m.
Community members will meet at City Hall, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road, and march from there to the nearby Target complex at Bishop Ranch. After marching back to City Hall, the group will hold a rally against gun violence, and after sunset there will be a memorial for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victims, accompanied by an open mic session.
Attendees are asked to wear orange to the event, the color being used to symbolize anti-gun violence nationwide.