Students craft event for remembrance and safety

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Neighors | Submitted .Board of Elections Secretary Raymond Butler helped students register to vote at Boardman High School on March 14. More than 90 students registered to vote. .

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Neighbors | Submitted .On March 14, Boardman students and staff held a clap out for Boardman first responders as part of the high school Unity Event.

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Neighbors | Submitted .On March 14 at Boardman High School, more than 40 Boardman police, fire and paramedics were honored in the Spartan Clap Out. Pictured are School Resource Officers Chuck Hillman and Paul Poulos with Chief Todd Werth.

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 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 lock down 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, with the students saying “thank you” as they walked by.

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

“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.”

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,” she said.

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