On March 14 while other schools nationwide participated in a “walkout”, St. Francis Xavier eighth-grade students choose to “walk with.” March 14 was the one month anniversary of the Parkland shootings. Students throughout the nation organized events to commemorate the day. St. Francis seventh and eight grade students, under the leadership of eighth grade students Tazmin Smith and Kate Brink, along with the direction of Carson Westerfield, SFX teacher, held a Walk for Solidarity for the Parkland victims. The students displayed photos of the victims, recited the victim’s names and biographies during the 17 minutes of silence – one minute for each Parkland victim.
Arizona State Representative Lela Alston invited the students who participated in the Walk for Solidarity to the House of Representatives. She read the students mission statement on the House floor and the students received a letter of recognition of service from House Speaker J.D. Mesnard. Students meet with Rep Alston, got to assemble on the House floor and watch the proceedings unfold as they watched from the gallery. Representative Alston said, “It is my honor to present this certificate of recognition to the students of St. Francis Xavier School for their strong social commitment, their families, and creating a memorial that embraces the Jesuit tradition of leadership and service.”