By: Olivia Berman, sixth-grader
In the wake of the fatal Parkland school shooting, Sheridan School students felt the need to make their voices heard. They wanted to create change, but how? The answer: The Sheridan Young Activists group.
This club is composed of 6th-8th graders who feel the need to be active in the world today. Supervised by Emily Butler (seventh-grade english) and Christine Heiler (fifth-grade homeroom), the club’s primary focus this year is common sense gun laws.
In a world where these students can often feel overlooked and powerless, this group has created an environment where they can come together for a larger cause.
Indeed, there are several ways in which Sheridan’s Young Activists group has taken action and advocated on important issues. On October 15th, the club traveled to Farragut North and Farragut West Metro stations in Washington, D.C. to promote voting in the upcoming midterm elections, specifically for gun-sense candidates.
Carrying homemade signs and flyers with voting information, the students’ passion was apparent. Even in the rain, they persisted and continued to spread the word. Their message was clear: Voting saves lives.
Although the group is small, its members have already accomplished impressive feats. Last spring, the students met with Senators Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Chris Murphy.
They discussed the voting power students will have in the future and how the young activists have the power to inspire their fellow citizens. The Young Activists group has students to use their voices for a better future.