School dispatches: March 28, 2018

Zahra Heussen and Nicolas Delgado Schwartz participate in the National School Walkout. (Photo courtesy of Zahra Heussen)

British International School of Washington

British International School of Washington (BISW) students aim to be actively involved in local, national and global issues. Whether it is participating in the World Children’s Day at the United Nations headquarters in New York City or making 1,000 paper cranes in support of victims of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, BISW embraces every opportunity to spread positive change and support.

BISW students’ active engagement in local and national issues was on display March 14 when a large contingent participated in the National School Walkout. The walkout was organized to commemorate the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida where 17 people tragically lost their lives.

Students at schools across the country walked out of class at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes to raise awareness about the importance of school safety and the issue of gun violence. Students at BISW joined in the chorus of students making their voices heard with #Enough posters and newsworthy actions.

The BISW students were humbled to have been a part of such an important and historical event.

— Ava Lundell, 11th grader