Strength and Unity
t 1:30 pm on Wednesday, March 14, nearly all students from BMS walked out of their afternoon classes to come together and honor the 17 people who died in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting massacre. The action mirrored what was happening across the country as thousands of students took part in the National School Walkout on the one-month anniversary of the Parkland, FL school shootings.

students exiting BMS

Students first gathered in the Pinkham Gymnasium where the organizers stood before the student body and welcomed their classmates. Sixth grader Eve Libby read the names of the 17 Parkland victims. Members from the student body were invited to share their thoughts, most calling for action to end gun violence. Students then exited the building and formed a circle around the center flagpole, hand-in-hand, symbolizing their strength and unity, and then paused for a moment of silence to remember the victims.
girls holding hands

Organizer Cat Rolla, grade 8, said that most of the planning was done through social media with exchanges between Bow and Concord students on the previous snow day while using Instagram, Snapchat stories, and texting. “A lot of schools across America are doing this, and I’m glad Bow is one of them,” she said. “This is serious!” Jada Brassard and Piper Gilbert, grade 7, also helped coordinate the walkout. Jada noted that she wanted to get involved because her Auntie Kat works with special needs students at Florida's nearby Parkland Elementary School. Piper emphasized that, “Our generation needs to work together; we cannot just sit back. We are mainly good people and we need to find a way to stop this gun violence, not only in our schools, but everywhere.”

boys holding hands

The first semester honor roll lists have been posted. To earn high honors, a student's grades must all be 90% and above. Honors recognition requires that all of the student's grades be 83% or above. Click here for the list of deserving grades 7 & 8 students.